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United States in danger of losing World Cup bid

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Andrew Ball, Entertainment Editor

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As most soccer, or futbol as termed in Europe, fans are looking forward to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is already planning ahead for the 2026 World Cup. The United States has shown great interest in hosting this and is making a bid.

Last April, the United States, Mexico, and Canada announced a joint bid to host the World Cup. The 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea was the only other time that multiple countries have co-hosted the event. 60 of the 80 total soccer matches would be set to take place in the U.S., including the finals, semifinals, and quarterfinals. The other two countries, Mexico and Canada, would each feature ten matches.

Economically, hosting this event would bring five billion dollars to the three countries.  Unfortunately, Morocco is reportedly winning the race to host the international spectacle. There are not many details on the African country’s bid, but it is enough to get the members of FIFA interested.

The United States previously lost the bid for the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, so it’s clear that the nation is eager to host this event. 211 member nations will vote on the new location at the FIFA Congress prior to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

FIFA is expected to announce the host for the 2026 games on June 13.

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