U.S. Plans Bid for 2018 World Cup
I remember when the World Cup was held in the USA in 1994: it was my first real exposure to the energy and passion of international soccer/football/futbol. San Francisco became an international party zone for weeks, and I loved it! More importantly, it brought the world's most popular sport to the doorstep of a country whose children played it but whose grown-ups tended not to. Much has changed since then, and I'm interested to see how the USA does in its current bid.
U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati has told the Washington Post that his Federation is preparing a bid for the 2018 World Cup and positioning U.S. cities to be ready as a backup for the 2014 edition.
Federation chiefs will form an organizing committee this weekend at annual meetings in Los Angeles and prepare to advise world governing body FIFA of its intent to launch a 2018 bid, the report says.
The only men's World Cup hosted by the United States was in 1994, which was a success in terms of attendance and staging.
"We've got some history and a track record," Gulati told the Post. "We showed in 1994 that the US is capable of hosting a terrific event.
"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."
England is also planning a 2018 bid, with British Finance Minister Gordon Brown saying earlier this month that the government will back any bid by England's Football Association (FA) to host the 2018 World Cup.
South Africa will stage the next World Cup in 2010 with the 2014 event set to be hosted in South America.