ZURICH -- It was reminiscent of October 2009 when Chicago lost out to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The United States suffered a similar disappointment today in Zurich when the tiny desert nation of Qatar was selected as host of the 2022 World Cup.
The 22 voters on FIFA's executive committee, some accused of corruption in the weeks leading up to their meeting, picked Russia to stage the 2018 tournament, another first-time host.
Qatar, an oil-rich nation that has been independent since 1971 is smaller than Connecticut and its population of about 1.7 million is 500,000 less than Houston.
Qatar has promised to overcome heat of up to 130 degrees with air conditioned outdoor stadiums. It led on every round of balloting that initially included Australia, Japan and South Korea.
The lowest vote-getter was eliminated after each round until only the U.S. and Qatar remained. Qatar won the final vote 14-8.