Chicago Passed Up to Host World Cup

18 U.S. cities remain in bid for 2018 or 2022 World Cup

By BJ Lutz
|  Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010  |  Updated 4:00 PM CDT
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Madrid hopes to convince the International Olympic Committee that the city is ready today to host the 2016 Olympics.

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First it was the 2016 Olympic Games, now it's the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Chicago is not included on the list of 18 sites that could host World Cup matches if the U.S. wins its bid to host the 2018 or 2022 games.

Twenty-seven cities were vying to make the first cut.

The list of 18 will be trimmed to 12 if the U.S. bid is successful. Kansas City, Mo., and Indianapolis were the only Midwestern cities to make the cut.

The other U.S. cities were: Atlanta; Baltimore; Dallas-Arlington, Texas; Denver; East Rutherford, N.J.; Foxboro, Mass.; Glendale, Ariz.; Houston; Landover, Md.; Los Angeles-Pasadena, Calif.; Miami; Nasvhille, Tenn.; Philadelphia; San Diego; Seattle; and Tampa, Fla.

The USA Bid Committee made the announcement Tuesday and plans to make a formal proposal to FIFA in May. Voting for the 2018 and 2022 host countries is scheduled to be held December 2, 2010.

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