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Old September 4th, 2010, 12:39 AM   #2561
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If the US is looking for a 2026 World Cup it will be because they lost out on 2022 to an Asian competitor, meaning China and all other Asian countries are out for 2026. If rules hold, Europe will not be eligible to bid in 2026 and even if that rule changes, garnering the necessary support outside of Europe will be unbelievably difficult. That means the US will face competition from Africa and South America, two countries without many options to offer and both of whom will not be able to put forth their two best options, South Africa and Brazil, because they just hosted.
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Old September 4th, 2010, 02:47 AM   #2562
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I wouldn't be so sure of that. The rotation policy was scrapped. The only rule is no confederation can host twice in a row. The competition for 2026 will be FAR stronger than 2022. European bidders will be elgible and China has said they will be bidding.
No,no,no
Winning confederation is out for the following 2 WCs as brought in in 2007.This WILL to stay because its a sensible outcome.The AFC,CONMEBOL and CAF do not want to go back to the past where UEFA hosted every second WC.The power is shifting away from UEFA and besides WC hosting rights are only a bonus to a mature market that already has massive events such as EURO and the UCL.

Make no mistake-If UEFA hosts '18 and AFC '22 neither will be eligible for '26.CONMEBOL will not pursue a bid till 2030 with Argentina/Uruguay.
This leaves the USA against potential bids from Egypt, Morocco, Canada, Mexico and I just can't see them losing
Its a brilliant luxury to have,one that all the other bidders would be extremely envious
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This may be an unpopular opinion, but I was actually in favor of the USA doing a joint bid with Canada. Seeing as how people were going to question the fairness of the USA getting it so soon after 1994, it might have steered more good will towards the bid if Canada was involved. I think it would also be great for the future of Canadian soccer, which was actually doing quite well oh about 50 years ago, and has since taken a nose-dive. Toronto and Vancouver are incredible cities, and Montreal is nice as well. Just an idea if USA misses out on 2022.
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Old September 4th, 2010, 03:43 AM   #2564
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This may be an unpopular opinion, but I was actually in favor of the USA doing a joint bid with Canada. Seeing as how people were going to question the fairness of the USA getting it so soon after 1994, it might have steered more good will towards the bid if Canada was involved. I think it would also be great for the future of Canadian soccer, which was actually doing quite well oh about 50 years ago, and has since taken a nose-dive. Toronto and Vancouver are incredible cities, and Montreal is nice as well. Just an idea if USA misses out on 2022.
I think the fact that the US knows that if they don't get 2018 or 2022, they will be a heavy, heavy favorite in 2026 makes that unnecessary. There's also the fact that it's hard enough as is to 1) cut down on travel and consolidate the US bid and 2) figure out which US cities will host because there are so many capable. Make the US pick less than 12 host cities because they have to give some spots to Canada and it gets really messy.

Canada also can't really support the stadiums necessary to host right now. The fan support is getting much better and it could do a good job hosting, but at what stadiums? BMO Field isn't near big enough and Olympic Stadium is outdated. The entire country only has one stadium that could probably do it, BC Place, and there isn't any need for stadiums of that size so they would risk becoming white elephants post-World Cup.

I also think this is better for Canada too because if the US hosts 2022, by the time 2038 or so comes around, North American could be in position to host again and then Canada can put in a solo bid where they get all the spotlight. The spot in Canada benefits from a US World Cup and then can get a massive, massive boost when they host solo in 30 years or so.
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Old September 4th, 2010, 05:11 AM   #2565
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If the US is looking for a 2026 World Cup it will be because they lost out on 2022 to an Asian competitor, meaning China and all other Asian countries are out for 2026. If rules hold, Europe will not be eligible to bid in 2026 and even if that rule changes, garnering the necessary support outside of Europe will be unbelievably difficult. That means the US will face competition from Africa and South America, two countries without many options to offer and both of whom will not be able to put forth their two best options, South Africa and Brazil, because they just hosted.
Morocco & Algeria can co-host and put in a super bid fro Africa. They have the best transport in Africa with their 320km/h high speed trains that connect cities. It is also close to Europe and Asia. Nice climate and very safe. If Qatar loses to Australia, they might actually win since there hasn't been a Arab/Muslim world cup before.

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I highly doubt Europe is going to go three World Cups without hosting. After they host in 2018, they'll get 2030 in all likelihood as well. As for the US, the one thing that they definitely have in their favor is that should they lose out on 2022 (and I think the US has to be the favorites), they're all but a shoe-in for 2026.
2030 is going to Uruguay/Argentinia for the 100th year celebration.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 03:21 AM   #2566
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NEW YORK -- Here is a quick look at nine stadiums in the U.S. World Cup bid for either the 2018 or 2022 tournaments that need some work.

The 18 host city finalists (alphabetically): Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C. The list of host cities includes 21 stadiums that are in compliance with FIFA’s requirements to be included in the bid book to FIFA. With the new Meadowlands Stadium now open, all 21 of the stadiums included in the United States bid currently exist and 18 have been built within the last 20 years. The venues average capacities of more than 76,000 spectators while 12 of the stadiums feature capacities between 75,000 and 94,000 fans.

FIFA’s criterion requires a candidate host nation to provide stadiums capable of seating 40,000 or more spectators. Stadiums with a minimum capacity of 80,000 are required by FIFA for consideration to play host to the Opening Match or Final Match, a qualification met by seven of the stadiums set for inclusion in the United States bid. The U.S. used stadiums in nine cities when it hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup™ while establishing overall and average attendance records that still stand today despite the expansion of the tournament from 52 to 64 matches beginning in 1998.

In alphabetical order, the nine stadiums:

Atlanta

There are plans to develop a new stadium in Atlanta. These plans would be monintored closely as the final venue selection process continues.

Dallas

Cowboys Stadium -- The bid committee also secured a full executed stadium cover agreement for the Cotton Bowl, which is another 90,000-plus stadium. Dallas is a candidate for the opening and final games.

Los Angeles

Rose Bowl -- Based on the renovation and redevelopment plans, the bid committee also executed a cover agreement with the L.A. Coliseum. L.A. is also a candidate for the opening and final matches.

Miami

Dolphin Stadium -- The stadium has the largest playing surface of the proposed WC stadiums. The stadium can accommodate a FIFA regulation field while supported enough field level space to have special field level seating sections with 5,000 temporary seats. So, the WC capacity would be more than 80,000.

New York

New Meadowlands Stadium -- The seating bowl will be modified to accommodate FIFA playing field requirements. A minimum of four rows at the field level and as many as seven rows will be removed and replaced with temporary to accommodate a regulation field.

Philadelphia

Lincoln Financial Field -- The stadium was designed to expand at the feild level to host international events. No renovations are required.

Phoenix

The stadium features a roll-out natural grass field under a retractable roof.

Seattle

Qwest Field -- The bid committee also has secured a stadium coverage agreement for Husky Stadium, a 70,000-plus seat-stadium in Seattle.

Washington, D.C.

Fed Ex Field -- Minor field-level renovations will be required so the pitch could meet FIFA requirements. Some 136 seats will be removed and replaced in each corner with retractable seats that will permit the installation of a FIFA field. This stadium is a candidate for the opener and final.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 04:39 AM   #2567
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Juergen Mueller, FIFA Head of Event Management, is welcomed by hundreds of young soccer fans as he arrives Monday in New York with fellow members of the FIFA Inspection Delegation.


Dr. Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ local organizing committee in South Africa


Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the president of the Chile Football Association and the head of the FIFA Inspection Delegation, is welcomed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer and chairman of the USA Bid Committee, during a private reception Monday night at the St. Regis Hotel in New York


Mayor Bloomberg welcomes members of the FIFA Inspection Delegation. Standing in the foreground is Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the president of the Chile Football Association and the head of the FIFA Inspection Delegation. In addition to Bloomberg and Gulati, David Downs, Dan Flynn, John Skipper and Don Garber also represented the USA Bid Committee Board of Directors. Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville and Rick McKay president of the Atlanta Falcons were also in attendance representing their bidding cities. The reception was highlighted by food offerings representing each city at the reception, including sushi from Los Angeles, lobster rolls from Boston, crab cakes from Baltimore, peach cobbler from Atlanta, and Philly cheesesteaks from Philadelphia.


Prior to President of U.S. Soccer and Chairman of the USA Bid Committee Sunil Gulati's comments — shown above — Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the head of the FIFA Inspection Delegation, spoke briefly. Mayne-Nicholls was then presented with a pennant before departing for the delegation's last three stops in New York City:

* The Javits Center - a potential site for the preliminary and final draw;
* Red Bull Arena - a potential training site; and,
* New Meadowlands Stadium - one of the official stadiums of the US Bid.
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The delegation started at Javits Center, which is a potential location for the preliminary or final draw. From there they moved on to Red Bull Arena where they were able to meet with the team's General Manager Erik Solér and Managing Director Erik Stover. Red Bull Arena is a proposed training site for the USA Bid.


Their final stop in New York City was New Meadowlands Stadium, which is an official stadium of the US Bid. The Stadium's CEO Mark Lamping showed the delegation the locker rooms, officials' dressing rooms, media workspace and the Coaches Club at midfield. The group then toured the concourses on their way to the Commissioner's Club, where they were able to watch highlights on the scoreboard of the two recent sold-out friendlies at the stadium — Ecuador vs. Mexico and Brazil vs. United States.


Mark Lamping, CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium (facing camera), leads a tour on Tuesday for the FIFA Inspection Delegation from the field of the recently opened stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., just miles west of New York City.


David Downs, executive director of the USA Bid Committee, and Harold Mayne-Nicholls, head of the FIFA Inspection Delegation, are greeted by young soccer fans upon their arrival Tuesday in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ local organizing committee in South Africa, takes a penalty kick with members of the George Mason University soccer team looking on Tuesday. Jordaan is part of the FIFA Inspection Delegation that visited George Mason, a proposed training site for the U.S. bid


John Harkes, left, greets FIFA Inspection Delegation head Harold Mayne-Nicholls upon his arrival Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Harkes, now an ESPN soccer commentator, played for the U.S. the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cup™ tournaments and is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.


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Old September 10th, 2010, 05:00 AM   #2569
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USA would be a great bid actually. Whatever happens, happens. Even if the stadiums aren't football ish.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 05:34 AM   #2570
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September 8


Members of the FIFA Inspection Delegation and USA Bid Committee leave the White House following a breakfast meeting with U.S. officials Wednesday, including Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.



Washington Monument and surrounding park areas, which are proposed as a Fan Fest site in the U.S. bid



From the steps of the Washington Monument, members of the FIFA Inspection Delegation and USA Bid Committee on Wednesday were able to overlook the proposed Fan Fest site with the Lincoln Memorial behind them.



FedEx Field



Donna Shalala, the president of the University of Miami and a member of the USA Bid Committee's board of directors, leads the FIFA Inspection Delegation past the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders and into Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday.


Members of the FIFA Inspection Delegation, USA Bid Committee and Miami Dolphins of the National Football League join University of Miami president Donna Shalala and famed music producer Emilio Estefan prior to their tour of Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday.


Sun Life Stadium. FIFA and U.S. Soccer Federation officials declined to comment on the visit, but Mike Sophia, head of the Miami bid committee, said FIFA's 3 ½-hour tour went well. "It went fantastic. They were very happy,'' said Sophia, who was accompanied on the tour by Dolphins CEO Mike Dee and former Fort Lauderdale Strikers star Nene Cubillas, among others. "The helicopter ride was a neat thing. They got to see the ocean.''

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The FIFA Inspection Delegation is highlighted on the world's largest high-definition video screen, one of the key features of Cowboys Stadium highlighted during the FIFA delegation's tour of the venue on Thursday.


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones discusses some of the features of Cowboys Stadium with officials from the FIFA Inspection Delegation on Thursday. "I do know they were impressed with the size of our stadium, the capacity of the stadium," said Jones. "They were impressed with the flexibility."


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his daughter, Charlotte Jones Anderson support the bid to bring the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup to Dallas and the United States. Jones Anderson is executive vice president of brand management for the Cowboys, the president of charities for the team and serves on the North Texas Super Bowl Committee.


The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders help to support the online petition drive behind the U.S. bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022.


At Reliant Stadium — an official stadium of the U.S. Bid — the group was greeted by Houston Dynamo and USMNT forward Brian Ching, Houston Dynamo Coach Dominic Kinnear, and Houston Rockets Center Yao Ming. Upon entering the stadium, the delegation watched recorded remarks from President George H. W. Bush.


Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, along with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, gave Mayne-Nicholls and company a tour of Reliant Stadium. Juergen Mueller, head of event management at FIFA, inspects the turf at Reliant Stadium.


Toro, the mascot of the Houston Texans of the National Football League, presents a soccer ball to Harold Mayne-Nicholls.


The FIFA Inspection Delegation is welcomed at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Thursday by National Basketball Association star Yao Ming, right, of the Houston Rockets. To his right is Brian Ching of the U.S. men's national soccer team and Houston Dynamo, and Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear.


Yao Ming, star of the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association, expresses his support of the U.S. bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022 on Thursday. Yao welcomed the FIFA Inspection Delegation to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
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Houston youngsters turned out in force Thursday to welcome the FIFA Inspection Delegation and support the U.S. Bid Committee's "The Game Is In US" message at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.



"All the stadiums we have visited, with some very small adjustments, would be great World Cup venues. There is no doubt about that," Chilean Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the head of the FIFA inspection group, said after the tour ended Thursday afternoon in Houston. "We have seen a number of excellent locations. All requirements and expectations should be met."
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Old September 10th, 2010, 06:19 AM   #2572
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I really wish that DC would blow up RFK Stadium and build a new 85,000 seat stadium. If the west side of the stadium were open, can you imagine the view?

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Old September 10th, 2010, 06:23 AM   #2573
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In all likelihood, this will happen. It's just a matter of time before Dan Snyder decides to leave FedEx.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 10:16 AM   #2574
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Maybe he can buy DCU to play there along with his R******s.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 12:58 PM   #2575
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USA will win for sure
I love Cowboy stadium video screen
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Old September 10th, 2010, 03:45 PM   #2576
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The US bid should insist more about international legacy.
I hope The mass transit has good quality to support a WC. There should not have worries about it.
The bid seems to be perfect for hosting a 21st century WC.

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Field size won't be problem if U.S. gets World Cup
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Organizers trying to bring the World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022 say all fields could be widened to meet international standards.

Fields at NFL stadiums are generally smaller than the 75 yards FIFA prefers. When the United States hosted the 1994 World Cup, several games were played on slightly narrower fields.

But U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Friday that FIFA's World Cup inspectors were assured during this week's three-day visit that fields at all potential sites can be reconfigured.

FIFA will award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in December. A European country is expected to get the 2018 tournament.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 10:15 PM   #2578
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In this video, you can see Juergen Mueller measuring out the space needed for corner kicks at Reliant.

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Old September 11th, 2010, 03:08 AM   #2579
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At Reliant Stadium — an official stadium of the U.S. Bid — the group was greeted by Houston Dynamo and USMNT forward Brian Ching, Houston Dynamo Coach Dominic Kinnear, and Houston Rockets Center Yao Ming. Upon entering the stadium, the delegation watched recorded remarks from President George H. W. Bush.


Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, along with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, gave Mayne-Nicholls and company a tour of Reliant Stadium. Juergen Mueller, head of event management at FIFA, inspects the turf at Reliant Stadium.

Up Houston!! Hope the bid committee liked it when they got here. They were most probably awe strucken when they saw the new dallas cowboys stadium last year.
Here are a few pics I took of the gigantic and magnificent cowboys stadium during my visit last year

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I wouldn't mind is England or Russia won the bid in 2018 but I would be ecstatic if the USA won.
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looking good - definitely in the box seat for 2022 IMO
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