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Gulati: USA Not World Cup Backup

In a wide-ranging press conference ahead of the Gold Cup final, which the U.S. won 1-0 against Panama, U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati revealed that the United States has not been approached about hosting either the 2014 or 2022 World Cups, that the USA is still interested in participating in the 2016 Copa America, and that he is considering running for a third term as president.

Amid suggestions that next summer’s World Cup could be moved due to security issues in Brazil, Gulati said flatly, "Brazil's going to host the World Cup.” When asked how he felt about moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter to avoid searing summer temperatures, he said, "I've got multiple perspectives on it. How I end up viewing what happens depends on the items in front of us." Gulati’s opinion matters because he recently won a seat on FIFA’s powerful Executive Committee, which he expects will vote on the issue in October.

He added that the USA and Concacaf are still interested in playing in the 2016 Copa America, but said it’s “absolutely mandatory” that the tournament be included in the international calendar so all the competing countries have access to their best players. As for running for a third term as U.S. Soccer Federation president, he said: "Things are going well. Right now I'd be inclined to do so.''

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