Sunil Gulati says US would “put on a spectacular” 2026 World Cup


The hype surrounding soccer in the United States would certainly reach an all-time high if the World Cup was held in America about 10 years down the road.

The 2026 World Cup, following both the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, could take place in the U.S., considering the fact that the States were considered in the bidding for 2022, the year Qatar won out.

And if the impending election for FIFA president results in the termination of Sepp Blatter’s long reign as president, World Cup-related procedures could pan out differently moving forward.

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U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati spoke out about the possibility of soccer’s biggest international stage landing in the sports-heavy country.

He argued that strong infrastructure and a positive cultural environment in America would bring much-needed stability to the event, and is confident that the World Cup would run smoothly on home turf.

Per the Associated Press:

”It’s probably now at least as important for the international community to be in the United States as it is for the United States, in terms of hosting the World Cup,” Gulati said Thursday. ”That’s my honest belief. It’s as important for the global game and everything we’ve been talking about today, and keeping that brand, whether it’s the brand of four letters or the brand of World Cup, where we would all like it to be.

”We’d put on a spectacular event. We’re not the only ones that can do it, but we’d put on a spectacular event, and people know that. Winning it at home would be really kind of cool.”

The bidding for the 2026 World Cup will likely start in 2017, according to the AP, and the CONCACAF region hasn’t had the men’s Cup since the U.S. last did in 1994, less than a year after MLS was founded.

With a host of quality match venues in the United States, managing grass and ridding turf-bound fields would require special attention, but other than that, America should have few obstacles for the actual hosting of the Cup.