With no US team, a less lucrative World Cup?

Koloskov added that the US team was "nothing special," and so its absence "won't have any effect on our World Cup in a sporting sense."

Fox, which broadcasts next year's World Cup, offered only a statement Wednesday, which did provide some insight as to how the network will likely promote a World Cup without the US team in the running. "Last night's World Cup qualifying results do not change Fox Sports' passion for the world's biggest sporting event," the statement said.

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