Post #1
Wednesday November 13, 2013 1:24am

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Jerome Valcke and a number of other high FIFA officials want the US to put in a bid for 2026. And why is that you ask? Here are my thoughts on why:

1. The United States has become one of the biggest if not the biggest consumer of soccer in the world the past decade. Again the US is leading in international ticket sales by a wide margin for WC 2014 I believe it's by at least 30 percent.
2. The US and American companies account for most of FIFA's WC sponsors.
3. The US feels aggrieved about what happened with the 2022 WC bidding process. FIFA understands that pissing off the US could have big implications monetarily in the future.
4. 1994 still stands as the most attended and most money making WC in the past 20 years, and that was with only 24 teams.
5. The US is truly a international country, all countries are pretty much represented in the US.
6. US TV companies have shelled far more on TV rights for WC's then their international competitors

This is why Sunil Gulati will get exactly what he wants. Which is: assurances that if the US bids that the US will be the leading contender for 2026. Mark it down guys, the US will be hosting 2026 regardless. Mexico and Canada will pull out and back a US bid because monetarily it will be significant for both of those countries as well. And rest assured FIFA will do everything they can to back the bid as well. The US has major clout with FIFA now, because us the fans, have become major consumers of soccer and international soccer. Because in Business, and yes the WC is a major business; you don't piss off you best clients/consumers.

Post #2
Wednesday November 13, 2013 2:04am

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id love it but ill believe it when i see it

Post #3
Wednesday November 13, 2013 4:02am

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At this stage how can we be assured that this is anything more than political posturing for the purpose of keeping their US cash cow content? We were all saying those same things before the 2022 draw, 2tone. The reality is that we would have had that WC but the Qataris bought it right out from under us. Who's to say another nation won't do the same again during the 2026 bidding process? We had an outpouring of support before the backdoor cash started being handed out and at this point who is to say that FIFA doesn't take us for granted in that they know we will go wherever they have the Cup? We went to South Africa, we will be in Brazil, we'll be in Russia, can't speculate as to Qatar given the social and political issues with having so many westerners in a socially strict nation but I'm sure they'll be relaxed enough for us to make the trip out there as well. I hope and pray we do get it but we are talking about one of the most corrupt sporting bodies in world right up there with the IOC.

Post #4
Wednesday November 13, 2013 4:15am

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I just love that FIFA will have to realize that the US is growing as a soccer power in both the USMNT and as a growing sport within the country.

They can only hold down the US long before they'll have to do something.

Post #5
Wednesday November 13, 2013 4:17am

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Once Sept Blatter and his little trolls go away MAYBE just MAYBE FIFA wont be that corrupt but let's face it. What governing body in the world isn't corrupt in some way, shape or from? Anyways it would be nice to see an article or something to proof your statement of info. Regardless It would be AMAZING to have a World Cup after getting robbed.

Post #6
Wednesday November 13, 2013 4:57am

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What I find interesting is how soccer has really exploded here in the states in the last 5 years or so. I mean, it was being broadcast before then. But nothing like it is now. And we're producing players that are in academies across the globe, so clearly we are well into the American soccer renaissance.

Getting back to my point. What I find interesting is that even by 2022, I think soccer will be the second-most popular sport in America behind football. I think we will be fighting for consistent spots in the quarterfinals of major international tournaments, and we will have players playing in the best leagues on the best teams. So in all actuality, they wouldn't need to give us the 2026 WC, because soccer will already have become a major sport here in the states. Even without having hosted a WC since 94. In that regard, FIFA might say "Hey, you grew the sport exponentially without hosting a WC in the last 30 years...why do you need one now?"

Just my two cents.
Post #7
Wednesday November 13, 2013 5:13am

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The future popularity of soccer in my opinion is tied to two factors (there are others of course but these are two of the most important IMO):

1) Continuing to develop technically skilled young players, which helps the on field product once they reach MLS level

2) Increasing the salaries. The $35,000 league minimum has got to be at or above $100,000. As a professional athlete you have so few years to maximize your earning potential. If we want the best players to come here and our top talents to stay, you have to compensate them accordingly.

Post #8
Wednesday November 13, 2013 5:36am

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I do believe we will host either the 2026 or 2030 FIFA World Cup. After that event soccer will be at minimum the 2nd most popular sport in this country. By this time MLS fans will have already passed the tradition on to a 2nd and almost a 3rd generation. If the natural growth of MLS continues it will be a top 10 league in the world and this is when we would start our push of being a soccer power.

This would be the final straw to make the American public truly care and its all easy from this point on. The next step would be winning a World Cup and making MLS the best league in the world. Its fun to be a US fan, huge potential.

But remember to enjoy this period where the sport is still relatively small compared to the top 3 sports in the US. It won't be that way in 20 years from now.

Post #9
Wednesday November 13, 2013 7:08am

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Yes the US was snubbed for 2022. I think it was in October that Sunil stated that the US may not bid for 2026 due to the way the current bidding process is done. Jerome Valcke came out a few weeks later stating that he hopes that the US does in fact bid for 2026.

I just want to be clear though, as much as we all despise Blatter, he did in fact vote for the US to get the 2022 WC.

Who didn't? I know for certain that Platini voted for Qatar which was revealed. The sources citing French government pressure on Platini to vote for Qatar.

2026 if Sunil decides to make a bid, the US will be the contender. The only other countries to express a desire to bid for 2026 are: Mexico and Canada. Considering the WC will be held in Asia in 2022 and Qatar that Confederation will not be able to bid for 2026. The only other confederation that will be eligible to bid for 2026 besides CONCACAF is the African Confederation. And really I don't see any African country other than South Africa again being able to meet any kind of criteria.

2030 seems to be going to a Uruguay/Argentina joint bid. It is the centennial of the WC and FIFA wants it to be in Uruguay where the first FIFA WC was held. This has been in the works for awhile

If Mexico and Canada both back off I would say the 2026 WC will be held in the US. And lets be frank CONCACAF will put pressure on both Mexico and Canada to back off if FIFA is looking at the US to host 2026( and I believe FIFA is looking at the US to host 2026). Having a WC in the US benefits CONCACAF as a whole. This isn't about just for the benefit for the US.

Inland empire
Post #10
Wednesday November 13, 2013 7:37am

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How do you start a new forum on here? Been trying to figure that out lol help me out
Post #11
Wednesday November 13, 2013 1:05pm

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Exactly. The 2026 World Cup is going to come down to if we want it after how the process went down before. If we bid we are all but guarenteed. Canada & Mexico bids wont stack up against ours. They would need to invest too much money to build new stadiums, we could host a world cup tomorrow. If US hosted in 2026 it would go down quite possibly as the riches sporting event ever, bigger than any olympics. The revenues would be massive.

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