, the outgoing president of U.S. Soccer and chairman of United Bid Committee board, said there was more to the process of selecting a host or hosts for the 2026 World Cup than just
the stadiums and infrastructure and soccer market that give USA, Canada and Mexico a huge edge over rival Morocco.
"It's about perceptions of America, and it's a difficult time in the
world," he said a Q&A session at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday. "So there's only certain things we can control. We can't control what happens at the 38th
parallel in Korea, we can't control what happens with embassies in Tel Aviv, and we can't control what happens with climate change accords. We do the best we can. We have the support of
There are 211 FIFA members, so if you throw out USA, Canada, Mexico and Morocco, that leaves 207 voting members at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on June 13.
"We have to go out and convince what eventually will be 104 voters to vote for us," Gulati said. "We would like to get a few extra to not make it a one-vote swing. But this won't be easy."
Gulati, whose terms as U.S. Soccer president ends on Feb. 10, ticked off a list of international cities at which the United Bid Committee would be represented to lobby for and speak about the
"I'm spending 90 percent of waking hours on the bid at this point," he said.