Could Donald Trump presidency cost USA World Cup bid?

No matter how many people claim they will defect to Canada, Donald Trump is the Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race and he has a real shot at winning. If this was to happen, not only would half the country be livid, but it could also cost the United States a bid at hosting the World Cup.

Before the USMNT’s Copa America game on Tuesday, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati spoke to reporters and addressed several issues with the November elections.

Gulati said that it could be a little tougher for the country to win the bidding war for the World Cup if the billionaire is in the White House.

“The world’s perception of the United States is affected by who is in the White House. It has some bearing, for sure,” Gulati said of Trump’s presence as President and the country’s chances of landing a World Cup. “Having somebody in the White House that gives the country an outward-looking view and a personality that is more easier accepted around the world is positive for the United States and then more specifically for hosting events here and for our general image from a sports perspective, but it’s far beyond sports. A co-hosted World Cup with Mexico would be a little trickier if Secretary Clinton is not in the White House. Can it help you or can it hurt you? Both.”

Many of Trump’s supporters may not realize it, but soccer is the most popular sport in the world and bringing the World Cup to this country for the first time since 1994 would be a terrific way to bring more revenue into the economy.

The United States won’t have a chance to bid for one of the world’s biggest events for some time as it is set through 2022. It might not be on the front of everyone’s minds, but this could end up being a serious issue for Donald Trump.

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