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Hopes for World Cup in Los Angeles Dashed Until At Least 2026

By David Markland
Published: Thursday, December 02, 2010, at 09:04AM
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Soccer fans gathered at Downtown L.A.'s ESPN Zone show their displeasure as the announcement is made that the United States lost its 2022 World Cup bid.

Dreams of World Cup Soccer at a speculative Downtown Los Angeles stadium have been postponed until at least 2026 after it was announced today that the United States had lost its 2022 bid to Qatar.

Around 300 soccer fans filled Downtown's ESPN Zone to watch the announcement, which was broadcast live from Zurich, Switerland, where FIFA, the international governing association for soccer, is located. LA Galaxy players Omar Gonzalez and Edson Buddle, a member of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team, were in attendance.

The location of the 2018 World Cup was announced first, with Russia being chosen as the host city. When Qatar was announced as the 2022, the ESPN Zone crowd could be heard gasping over some booing.

"It's a big disappointment for soccer in the U.S.," said David Simon, president of the Los Angeles Sports Council, who was heading efforts to bring World Cup to Los Angeles had the United States been chosen to host the championship. "A lot of people worked hard on the bid, its a shame it didn't work out."

According to Simon, even had the United States won the bid the exact choice of which U.S. would host the World Cup wouldn't be decided until near the end of the decade. The next World Cup that the United States can contend for will be in 2026.

Recently, AEG's Tim Leiweke had mentioned that the World Cup was one event that a planned NFL stadium in Downtown L.A. would be built to accommodate.

After today's announcement was made Dave Denholm, a soccer expert who hosted the ESPN Zone event, said, "The United States may have lost the 2022 World Cup bid, but the United States is going to win the 2022 World Cup championship!"

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