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2022 or bust for the U.S.

Updated: October 15, 2010, 3:28 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

The worst-kept secret in FIFA finally came to light Friday with the announcement that the U.S. has withdrawn from consideration for hosting the 2018 World Cup, and will now focus exclusively on bidding for the 2022 edition of the tournament.

There has long been a sentiment within FIFA and elsewhere that the 2018 World Cup should be held in Europe. Thanks to the U.S. withdrawal, the field is now exclusively the domain of European contenders. Russia and England are the favorites, along ...

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