Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has created waves with some of his comments throughout the campaigning process, but could a potential White House bid affect the United States’ chances of hosting another major soccer tournament?
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati didn’t rule out rule out possibility on Tuesday.
“I think the world’s perception of the United States is affected by who’s in the White House, yes, and so it has some bearing, sure,” Gulati said.
With the U.S. openly considering a bid to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup back to North America and recent reports suggesting that a Copa America/Gold Cup merge would see the U.S. host the revised competition, Gulati expanded on comments, stating the importance of how other nations view the United States.
“I think having somebody in the White House that gives the country an outward-looking view and a personality that is more easily accepted around the world is positive for the United States,” Gulati told reporters Tuesday. “And then more specifically to your question, for hosting events here and our general image from a sports perspective, but it’s far beyond sports.”
Additionally, U.S. Soccer has continued to make its stance clear that they would be like to make a run at hosting future tournaments, including the World Cup, but as long as there is transparency throughout the process.
“Would we love to host a World Cup in the United States in the future? The answer is, of course, yes. But we’re only going to do so if we have a clear understanding and that there’s a fair set of rules, and a transparent set of rules, and then we’ll make a decision,” Gulati said.
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