U.S. to bid on 2018, 2022 World Cups

Posted on 29 January 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Soccer Federation plans to submit a simultaneous bid to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. USSF president Sunil Gulati will discuss the federation’s plans on Monday, Feb. 2, at which time he will also introduce the executive director of the USA bid committee.

FIFA set Monday, Feb. 2, as the deadline for federations to submit the official paperwork expressing their interest to bid for either or both of the competitions. FIFA emphasized that at this initial stage in the bidding process, the only requirement is for countries to be able to demonstrate their ability to host a sporting event as large as the FIFA World Cup. Something the U.S., which only hosted the event 15 years ago, is clearly in a position to pull off.

ASN’s take: Not a huge surprise seeing as there has been talk the U.S. would bid for an upcoming world cup for some time. But the simultaneous bid means the U.S. means business. We fully expect to host one of the two events, perhaps with a few games played in Canada. 2022 is probably more likely seeing as FIFA will likely want to return to Europe in ’18. But one wild card is China. Will the middle kingdom bid for one of these cups? If so, they should be considered a front-runner.

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