U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati discusses details of the 2026 World Cup bid launched by the United States, Mexico and Canada.
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Bruce Arena said Thursday that the United States’ bid to host the 2026 World Cup could mark the culmination of the country’s emergence as a global soccer power.
Speaking to a group of reporters including USA TODAY Sports on a conference call, national men’s team head coach Arena revealed his excitement at the three-pronged bid (with Canada and Mexico) that has established the U.S. as a favorite to stage the tournament nine years from now.
“In 2026, we will be fully emergent and a big player,” Arena said. “2026 will be the time when we start talking about winning a World Cup, to be honest.
“It wasn’t going to be 1994 or 2010, but 2026 could be our time. We (would be) one of the hosts, which is an advantage.”
Arena, who took over from Jurgen Klinsmann in November to begin his second stint in charge of the U.S., said that the continuing growth of Major League Soccer,…