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U.S. World Cup Bid to Include San Diego

San Diego was selected as one of 18 cities to host several World Cup games in 2018 or 2022 if the United States is chosen to host the world’s biggest sports event later this year.

The USA Bid Committee announced the 18 finalist cities Jan. 12, choosing them from a group of 27 candidate cities announced in August. When the process began last year there were 58 cities vying to host the games.

San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium will be submitted as part of the country’s official bid to host the event in either year when the bid is submitted in May.

The Federation Internationale de Football Association plans to determine the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in December.

This year’s World Cup, starting June 11 and ending July 11, is being staged in South Africa. Brazil gets it in 2014.

The other U.S. cities on the list for 2018 or 2022 are Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Tenn., New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Tampa, Fla. and Washington, D.C.

Nations seeking to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups are Australia, Belgium/Netherlands, England, Japan, Russia and Spain/Portugal. South Korea, Indonesia and Qatar submitted bids to host in 2022.

— Mike Allen

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