The World Cup Doesn't Need the United States
There's a larger prize behind all this dollar flashing, too: America is a finalist to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup—prizes FIFA will bestow this December upon two of the bidder nations. As U.S. soccer officials don't hesitate to mention, the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. was the first to ever sell every ticket to every game.
There's just one problem: Financial muscle doesn't much impress international soccer officials, who say their bid decisions are driven more by a concern for parity than profit."
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