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USSF's Sunil Gulati: Donald Trump won't affect 2026 World Cup bid

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US Soccer Federation President, Sunil Gulati, has said that procedures must be reviewed by FIFA before the country consider whether to bid for the 2026 World Cup

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati says the election of Donald Trump will have no bearing on whether the USSF decides to bid for the 2026 World Cup, while cautioning that no decision has been made on whether the U.S. will bid at all.

Speaking at a roundtable of reporters ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Mexico, Gulati said several decisions would have to be made by FIFA before any determination about a bid will be made.

"We won't make a decision until we...

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South Korea and Japan win warm up for qualifiers with friendly wins

Lee Jeong-Hyeop was on target in South Korea's 2-0 win over Canada.

South Korea chalked up a 2-0 home win over Canada as Kim Bo-Kyung and Lee Jeong-Hyeop struck inside the opening half hour.

Korea, who face Uzbekistan in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, took the lead after 10 minutes when Kim was played through to beat Canada goalkeeper Simon Thomas.

They made it two in the 25th minute when Canada failed to clear their lines and Lee fired home from just outside the penalty area.

Yuya Osako grabbed two goals as Japan cruised to a 4-0 win over Oman in Kashima.


North America emerging as leading candidate to host 2026 World Cup

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ZURICH -- North America became a stronger candidate to host an expanded World Cup in 2026 after the FIFA Council agreed on Friday that European and Asian nations should not bid again so soon after Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup and Qatar has the 2022 tournament.

"That has changed the landscape [of the 2026 contest] a little bit," said U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, a council member.

FIFA said Europe would be put on standby only if "none of the received bids fulfill the strict technical...

CONCACAF set to review 'archaic' World Cup qualifying format - chief

CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani has instigated a review of the body's

LONDON -- World Cup qualifying in North America could be overhauled to avoid shutting out the majority of countries in the CONCACAF region so early.

CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani has instigated a review of an "archaic" format that leaves only six out of the region's 35 teams still in with a shot at qualifying for Russia in 2018.

Alongside a potential new name to replace the corruption-tainted CONCACAF brand, revamping qualifying to be more inclusive has emerged as a key objective for Montagliani...

Gianni Infantino open to 40-team World Cup co-hosted in North America

GENEVA -- FIFA president Gianni Infantino is open to a 40-team World Cup in 2026, possibly with three North American countries serving as co-hosts.

With key World Cup talks due next month, Infantino's comments on Tuesday show that FIFA will consider co-hosting by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The North American neighbours have long been expected bidders for 2026, even competing against each other, because the CONCACAF region is favoured to host for the first time since 1994. Then, 24 teams...