What They're Saying: Adrian Hanauer

“I was shockingly nervous, sitting here with my stomach turning inside out. I honestly was more nervous than for our [Concacaf] Champions League final. It surprised me actually. It’s just years and years of anticipation. Born and raised here. Grew up as a soccer brat. Just a lot of emotion.”

-- Seattle Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer on feeling nervous up until the moment Seattle was the first of 11 U.S. cities announced as host cities for the 2026 World Cup. In 1992, Seattle was one of 10 cities passed over in the final selection of nine cities as host cities for the 1994 World Cup. (AP)
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