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USA to consider 2026 World Cup bid

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The United States would be interested in hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has revealed.

The country last hosted the tournament in 1994, and it proved a huge success, and since then the sport has grown in popularity in the USA.

It led to the formation of the Major League Soccer competition, which later enjoyed a boom in popularity thanks to the arrival of David Beckham to LA Galaxy.

The country is a regular qualifier for the tournament, and recently sealed their place at the 2014 finals in Brazil.

Speaking at a Leaders in Football conference in London, the USSF president and FIFA committee member, Sunil Gulati said: "The growth of the game is unstoppable,"

However, Gulati says that the United States would only consider bidding for the tournament if there are changes in the set up.

Gulati added: "The rules need to change, the procedures need to be very different from they are now.

"The rules need to be clearer, tighter. The process need to be better."

The US were one of four countries, along with Australia, South Korea, Japan to miss out on hosting the 2022 competition to Qatar, a decision that has been heavily criticised.

FIFA is currently reviewing whether to move the World Cup from summer to winter, due to the tremendous heat experienced in Qatar during the summer months.

But Gulati concedes that a potential weakness maybe the fact that the US hosted the tournament recently, but says they have all the necessary stadia to host the world's largest football competition.

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