Sunil Gulati Hints Seattle Could Host World Cup Qualifier
(109 The Fan) – An answer given at a press conference Wednesday by U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati’ indicates Seattle is being seriously considered as a host for a Wold Cup qualifier in 2014.
Steven Goff of the Washington Post reports Gulati gave a somewhat telling response to a question regarding what U.S. cities are at play:
“I think you will see us play in this round in five MLS venues and four soccer-specific stadiums. I think that is how it is shaping up. And none of the soccer-specific venues will be in New Jersey or in Los Angeles and so on.”
“Denver is set for March against Costa Rica — Kansas City, Salt Lake City and Columbus are all strong candidates,” notes Goff.
Given the circumstances, Seattle is the clear favorite out of the remaining cities to get the number five spot. Based on attendance alone, The Sounders undoubtedly have the strongest support in Major League Soccer.
And here’s an interesting tidbit we found at Sounder at Heart: The U.S. men’s national team is undefeated in Seattle with a 4-0 record and plus-11 goal difference (for games at CenturyLink/Qwest Field).
The 2014 World Cup takes place in Brazil.
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan
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