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USA looks to 2010 World Cup ... and beyond

Just four days until the start of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa -- and just six months until the 2018 and '22 hosts are selected.

With delegates, executives and other movers and shakers from soccer circles arriving this week in Johannesburg ahead of the FIFA Congress and the opening match Friday, the campaign to win hosting rights to future tournaments is intensifying. While Brazil is set for 2014 (assuming it picks up the pace), FIFA will choose both the 2018 and '22 sites on Dec. 2.

In the running to host either tournament, the United States has established a presence here with U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, the bid's chairman, and David Downs, the executive director. Expected from the board of directors:

former president Bill Clinton, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, actor-comedian Drew Carey, former women's star Mia Hamm and possibly director Spike Lee.

The U.S. effort in Johannesburg includes a local media initiative through interviews and promotion, and, like all the other bidders, an information booth at FIFA's convention hall in suburban Sandton.

In spite of a recent bid scandal, England remains the favorite for '18. The other candidates: the United States, Australia, Russia, Portugal/Spain and Netherlands/Belgium. Japan, South Korea and Qatar are in the mix for 2022 only. If a European bid wins 2018, only non-Euro candidates will remain in contention for the '22 Cup.

After South Africa's World Cup, the next formal step for the American bid will be a FIFA technical inspection tour. The group will visit the United States on Sept. 6-9, tentatively set to visit New York/New Jersey, Washington, Houston, Dallas and perhaps Miami and Atlanta.

The U.S. bid includes 18 potential venues. If the United States is chosen, the list will be narrowed in the coming years to approximately 12.

By Steve Goff  |  June 7, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
Categories:  USA World Cup bid , USSF  | Tags: Bill Clinton, Don Garber, FIFA, Mia Hamm, World Cup  
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Comments

If FIFA wants max $$$$$, then the U.S. is the place to be.

Posted by: nairbsod | June 7, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Atlanta! Atlanta! Atlanta!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 7, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Mia Hamm's effervescent personality will surely win us the bid!

Posted by: Kev29 | June 7, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

If FIFA's executives want max $$$ I would guess Russia would be the place to go. Plenty of graft and corruption there. There might be too much scrutiny here.

They may also like going places where they can get in on the stadium building contracts. Since we already have stadiums in place there's no money to be made there.

We would have the highest ticket sales and revenue from tickets. But I am not sure that's where FIFA makes its money.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 7, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Curious, though, would Russia count as another European bid, and therefore be ruled out if England or some other western Euro bidder gets '18?

Posted by: freeholdsouth | June 7, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

So if England gets 2018 then it comes down to the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Qatar in the mix for 2022. It can't be Oz because FIFA will only do a winter (Southern Hemisphere) Cup about every 16 years and with 2 in a row (SA and Brasil) it should be an even longer gap 'til the next one. Qatar in the summer? Way too hot!! Japan and Korea had 2002 and USA had 1994...so the US looks like a shoo-in for '22!

Posted by: soccerman | June 7, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Curious, though, would Russia count as another European bid, and therefore be ruled out if England or some other western Euro bidder gets '18?

Posted by: freeholdsouth | June 7, 2010 12:02 PM

They are in UEFA, so I'm guessing so.

Seems to me that the two Cups are going to come down to: (2018) England, Russia, Spain/Portugal or Holland/Belgium. Then (2022) USA vs Australia.

There are some really interesting choices here. Is England still the favorite, or would FIFA take on another project with Russia after the Lord Triesman issue? Would FIFA go for a safe and profitable but possibly too anglophonic England/USA back-to-back?

Posted by: Kev29 | June 7, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't count out Qatar for '22. Surely they could build climate-controlled stadiums for the tournament. Plenty of cash to splash around there.

I don't buy the notion that England is a shoo-in for 2018. Russia could well take that year.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 7, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me Vladimir will work up a very attractive group of guides for FIFA "technical inspection tour."

Posted by: OWNTF | June 7, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

FIFA will do whatever they want -- if they want Russia in 22, they'll claim they aren't really in Europe.

Posted by: Reignking | June 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

With the World Cup in 2014, and the Olympics in 2016, might Brazil have bitten off more than it can chew?

I have to admit that I'm hoping they can't pull off the Cup, and it's moved here.

Posted by: alecw81 | June 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit that I'm hoping they can't pull off the Cup, and it's moved here.

Posted by: alecw81 | June 7, 2010 1:37 PM

Yeah, let's hope that amazing, beautiful, soccer mad country (who hasn't hosted the event they've won 5 times in over 60 years) fails so we can get the Cup again (8 years before we'll get it anyway).

No offense, alec, but I f-ing hate that line of thinking.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 7, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Kev29, I agree

Posted by: csd1 | June 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

If Brazil is behind schedule in 2 or 3 years let me know. Propaganda about delays 4 years plus before the World Cup I don't care about and nor does anyone else that is not pushing an agenda.

Posted by: csd1 | June 7, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Americans should stop trying to make soccer bigger than MLB, NFL, or the NBA

It just won't ever get that high and that is NOT a bad thing

Other countries wish they had multiple sports with as much craziness as America.

Posted by: Bious | June 7, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Americans should stop trying to make soccer bigger than MLB, NFL, or the NBA

It just won't ever get that high and that is NOT a bad thing

Other countries wish they had multiple sports with as much craziness as America.

Posted by: Bious

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Soccer fans are just about the only ones who have to defend, routinely, why they enjoy the sport. Cricket and curling might be the exceptions. Take football, where the object of the game resembles an oversized fecal remnant. Then, everyone (mostly oversized behemoths) fight over the fecal remnant. When they get it, they hold the fecal remnant over their head and dance, if they don't throw it to the ground and dance around it first.

Baseball? Sure. Johnny, take your stick and hit the ball, then run in a circle. Run, Johnny, run! Teddy, you throw the ball to Johnny, but before you do, wipe your brow, scratch your...whatever, shake your head and then throw. Run in a circle, Johnny!

Basketball - great. Hey, everyone! Let's watch overly tall people throw a ball through a hoop! Great! Watch us us orgasm when he stuffs it! Hooey! I'm sure glad to be an American sports fan!!!

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | June 7, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

We have gotten screwed by FIFA. If they had been using the planned rotational, then 2014 should have been back in the US...So you are telling me that it goes back to Europe,(even though the Europeans just hosted a WC) before it comes back to the US? I cry fowl sir!

Posted by: alan19 | June 7, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I cry poultry.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 7, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Great! The FIFA delegation is coming to Washington DC! They'll take a tour of our beautiful modern stadium overlooking a sparking clean river and quaint neighborhood. How can they say no to us after a tour like that?

Posted by: WorldCup | June 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Too many people die or get hurt in world soccer competition with all those low-life, third world countries. Our sports are civilized. Let's keep it that way and keep soccer out.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | June 7, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

@Kev29

Hopefully, Brazil will get it together and successfully host the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics---and I'd be shocked if a nation that loves soccer so much and has hosted the World Cup before couldn't pull it off. But if for some reason they can't, I'd rather have the Olympics than the World Cup.

Edward J. Cunningham
Rockville, MD

Posted by: femfour | June 7, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Wait. Did someone post a link to Soccer Insider on the front page? How did the "stupid lawn fairy" crowd find their way here?

Posted by: mason08 | June 8, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

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