I’m sure normal people watch Friends and ER on Thursday instead of MSNBC and CNN, but this is what happens when a soccer obsessive thinks about the Middle East: Let’s assume the US U-20s qualify for the FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates next Mar. 25 -Apr. 16. Given the war on terrorism, the current Israeli-Palestinian crisis, and a potential US conflict with Iraq, which may or may not be over by then, FIFA probably wishes this tournament were scheduled someplace else. But what about the US delegation in particular - is it a good idea to send a couple dozen Americans to the UAE under these circumstances? From a soccer standpoint, it’s obviously a good thing. But what do we think about the security risks? I’m sure we’ll get the UAE’s best security efforts, but the relevant question is whether we're comfortable with those efforts. Isn’t it probably reasonable to assume that UAE security isn’t quite in the same league as Korean security? I think it’s a question that a few people at the USSF will consider at some point. Seems to me that it’s probably worth the risk, but I’m just curious if anyone has any other thoughts.