Friday, May 14, 2010

U.S. Pins 2018/2022 World Cup Bid Hopes on Physical Capacity

The United States confidently submitted its bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, boasting its physical capacity to host the games and the crowds.

[Sunil Gulati, chairman of the U.S. Soccer Federation] cited several factors that would help make the U.S. case, including having 5 million tickets available, 18 cities with access to international airports and stadiums ready to host the event tomorrow, plus a wealthy populace.

Alas, numbers alone don't win the bidding, and the U.S. also has to convince the 25 members of FIFA's executive committee it has become a full-bore soccer nation. "They don't understand how big it is in this country," Mr. Gulati said.

Confident U.S. Presents World Cup Bid
The Wall Street Journal
May 14, 2010