Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
U.S. Soccer Prepares 2018 World Cup Bid
Washington Post, February 20th, 2007 2:53PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

U.S. Soccer on Tuesday announced that it's forming an organizing committee to prepare a bid for the 2018 World Cup, for which England is also planning a bid. The host won't be chosen until 2012. "We showed in 1994 that the U.S. is capable of hosting a terrific event," U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati told the Washington Post. "Now, with the way the soccer landscape in this country has evolved, we would be in position to put on a spectacular event. We are much more a part of the sport internationally than we were in 1994."

A U.S. bid would likely annoy Europe's traditional soccer powers, which have been forced to concede the 2010 and 2014 tournaments to South Africa and South America (most likely Brazil), respectively. The U.S. bid will ride on soccer's ever-growing influence in the country, the resounding success of the 1994 World Cup, which featured the largest average attendance in tournament history (68,991), and the 1999 and 2003 Women's World Cups.

While FIFA has said the 2014 event will be hosted by a South American country, only Brazil and Colombia have expressed interest, inviting the possibility that FIFA would entertain a U.S. bid. Mexico, which hosted the 1970 and 1986 World Cups, may also enter the race for either 2014 or 2018, according to the Post. Argentina was the last South American country to host the World Cup in 1978. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Scolari Gets a Job    
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned as Brazil coach after its disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign, has ...
World Cup Runner-up Coach Steps Down    
Alejandro Sabella, who guided Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit ...
Ronaldinho on the Move    
Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has left Atletico Mineiro. The 34-year-old former Barcelona, AC ...
Beer Approved in the Big House    
Normally, alcohol sale and consumption is strictly forbidden inside the University of Michigan's stadium, but beer ...
Sturridge Wishes Suarez Well    
Daniel Sturridge says he'll need some help from his teammates if the departure of the Uruguayan ...
Liverpool Signs Belgian Teen Star Striker    
Liverpool has signed of 19-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi, whose goal against Russia sent the Red ...
Tevez's Kidnapped Father Released    
Juan Alberto Cabral, the father of Juventus' Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, was kidnapped and released eight ...
Atletico Madrid Signs Young French Star    
Spanish La Liga champion Atletico Madrid has acquired 23-year-old French World Cup winger Antoine Griezmann from ...
Cuauhtemoc Blanco Makes Comeback at 41    
Former Mexico striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco has returned to the top flight of Mexican soccer at the ...
Jack Wilshere Regrets Having a Smoke    
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was caught on ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives