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The battle for the 2018 World Cup

It is still 10 years away, but the battle to become host of the 2018 World Cup is well under way.

Yahoo soccer guru Martin Rogers laid out a very thorough story on what should be a potentially great battle between the United States and England for the right to host the 2018 World Cup.

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati wowed English press with the particulars of what could be a USA bid for the 2018 World Cup. I’m sure it was impressive, having heard a similar presentation from Gulati before February’s match between the United States and Mexico in Houston. In short, the USA bid for the World Cup will be as strong as any other bid placed and any thoughts that England was going to run away with the bid were premature.

What do you think about the United States hosting the 2018 World Cup? Share your thoughts below.


  1. With FIFA it usually is about money. And the money they can make in the USA is much greater than any where else in the world. The US cities would be competing against each other to host the event, which would not take place in AUS or ENG because of the limited number of locations. In ENG there may be 15 cities vying for some piece of the pie, in AUS 8? In the US there could be 50 plus venues and cities capable of hosting the games, each wanting the international spotlight.

  2. i would love to see the u.s. host the world cup in 2018 and i think we have as good a chance as anyone else.

    for those of you in love with how good england’s railway system is, consider that all of the united kingdom is probably smaller than the state of texas. it’s not a very big country in terms of land size! if the entire world cup was held in one state, it might be possible to have a great railway system there too. i’ve also heard that the railway system is quite expensive ($200 one way to go from london to northern england), this is more expensive than taking jet blue in the u.s. or at least it used to be. if you consider a round trip ticket on a railway in england at $400, although efficient, it’s quite expensive.

  3. The WC in 2018 would be another great boost for soccer in the US and MLS. By 20018 the league could be up to 20 teams, there could be a great partnership between the MLS and the USL (a three teir association), and the fan based could be double what it is today. This WC could put the soccer as a top sport in the US.

  4. The way I see it is that FIFA owes us one after bailing them out when China got SARS before the womens world cup. The stats on capacity are overwhelming in US favor. I still don’t think we will get it.


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