Chicago lost their bid for the 2016 Olympics that Obama lobbied hard for, and now they’re out as a possible World Cup host city. The bloom is off the Hope rose:
The USA Bid Committee announced the 18 cities that it will submit as a part of its package to FIFA on May 14 in its bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The 21 stadiums selected average a capacity of 77,000 and showcase the construction of modern stadiums that has taken place since the USA hosted the 1994 finals.
Only two stadiums — the Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl — used in 1994 were chosen and neither would be considered a shoo-in to make the final cut if the USA won its bid.
The surprise omission is Chicago, home of U.S. Soccer and site of the 2007 Gold Cup final — not to mention home of U.S. President Barack Obama and the USA’s third largest market.
Regarding Chicago, Gulati acknowledged “some Olympic fatigue” as a factor in its failure to make the cut. Chicago was a losing finalist for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro.
Hope & Change wasn’t supposed to be this hard of a sell, was it?