US launch counterattack to England's 2018 World Cup bid
Not content with taking on England in Association football tonight at Wembley, it looks as if the United States are set to try and scupper England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Fabio Capello and the England team travel to Port of Spain tomorrow as part of the FA's England 2018 PR offensive in an attempt to schmooze Fifa vice-president Jack Warner.
But according to The Guardian, England's exhausting trip to Trinidad ahead of the friendly against The Soca Warriors on June 1 won't be enough to convince the Fifa vice-president of the realistic possibility of England 2018. Warner has appeared hostile towards England's World Cup bid in the past. As president of the North, Central American and Caribbean Confederation, he is keen to see the United States host its second World Cup in 2018.
Sunil Gulati, president of the US Soccer Federation, has also been talking up the viability of the United States' World Cup bid. He cites the steady rise in popularity of the MLS, the ethnic diversity in America which means an instant fan base for the teams that take part and the 50 stadia which have a capacity of 70,000 as valid reasons to see the World Cup head stateside. It looks like not even cries of "but we invented the game" will be enough to convince Warner to send football home.