Hope Solo: FIFA should not vote US as host of 2026 World Cup

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Hope Solo says she wants the United States-led North American bid to lose FIFA’s vote to host the 2026 World Cup.
“I can’t say it should be awarded to Morocco,” the former U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper told The Associated Press. “But I don’t think it should go to the United States, and that’s hard to say.”
The United bid of the U.S., Canada and Mexico could be selected as host in FIFA’s vote next Wednesday, but now faces criticism from one of U.S. Soccer’s most famous players.
The bid’s leadership was exasperated when informed Solo was undermining their efforts, according to the AP, though the group also dismissed her criticism while declining to go on the record in detail.
Up to 207 soccer federations will vote in Moscow on whether North America or Morocco should host the 2026 World Cup, or if the bidding should be reopened by choosing “none of the above.”
“Hopefully FIFA can stand up and step in and say, ‘If we’re going to reward you, let’s look at everything and point out where you can fix certain things,'” Solo said.
Solo’s objection is not an isolated eruption against U.S. Soccer and comes after she was dismissed from the
national team over an outburst against the opposition at the 2016 Olympics and a series of off-the-field controversies.
In an attempt to take control of the organisation that ostracised her, Solo ran for the U.S. Soccer Federation presidency in February but garnered only 1.4 percent of the vote.
In an interview with CNN, Solo listed a number of reasons why the U.S. should not be awarded the tournament and said it should go to a “more deserving” country.

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