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U.S. Soccer President Gulati Says Political Factors Are Complicating '26 World Cup Bid

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 19 / 18

Outgoing U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, who also serves as Chair for the North American bid seeking to stage the '26 World Cup, said that "political factors are complicating the campaign ahead of FIFA's vote this summer," according to Steven Goff of the WASHINGTON POST. The joint effort of...

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Citi Field Likely To Host '13 All-Star Game

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World Football Challenge Begins Today

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Phoenix Takes Center Stage For MLB All-Star Game

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Texas Derby Plan Approved By State Lawmakers

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MLBPA Has Not Encouraged All-Star Game Boycott

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Kentucky Speedway Hosts First Cup Race

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