Day: January 15, 2010

Size Matters For The USA World Cup Bidding Team

England, it turns out, isn’t the only country in which the bidding process for the World Cup is starting to look like causing controversy. The process of selecting a dozen or so stadia to host matches for a World Cup finals shouldn’t, theoretically be a controversial one but, in England, the Football Association managed to alienate a large number of people in selecting Milton Keynes as one of its provisional venues. In America, meanwhile, a similar schism may be set to form after the bidding team ignored a couple of key areas of the country – Northern California and Chicago – in selecting its choices for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals. It is widely expected that the 2018 finals will be awarded to one of the European bidders, but 2022 may end up being a straight battle between the USA and Australia for the right to host what is still the biggest prize in world football. Eighteen cities have been selected as potential World Cup venues. Some predictable names are in the mix – Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Dallas are amongst them – but some of the others have provoked raised eyebrows. The mos notable omission seems to be Chicago. Chicago is the home of the United States Soccer Federation, and the recently renovated Soldier Field has hosted international matches before. Why, then, was it...

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