North America emerging as leading candidate to host 2026 World Cup
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ZURICH — North America became a stronger candidate to host an expanded World Cup in 2026 after the FIFA Council agreed on Friday that European and Asian nations should not bid again so soon after Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup and Qatar has the 2022 tournament.
"That has changed the landscape [of the 2026 contest] a little bit," said U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, a council member.
FIFA said Europe would be put on standby only if "none of the received bids fulfill the strict technical…