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If you're hoping the United States gets to host the 2026 World Cup, we've got some good news. FIFA will continue its rotation policy, making European and Asian countries ineligible to bid for the 2026 edition of the World Cup. With the most recent World Cup having taken place in South America, they're unlikely to get it, as well. That leaves North America and Africa to bid. Given the money that could be made from an American games and the fact that a CONCACAF nation hasn't hosted since 1994, the Americans would be heavy favorites.
Assuming everyone at FIFA isn't extremely salty about the Department of Justice going after them, that is. That could throw a wrench in things. Mexico or Canada might decide to take on the United States, as well, to which we say: bring it.
Classic mixtape of the day
Here's Garrincha clowning people.
In the news
Ched Evans has been found not guilty of rape in a controversial retrial.
Expect Julian Green to get some playing time for Bayern Munich over the next few weeks. (ESPN FC)
Real Madrid and Barcelona are going to get to rotate in some kids after favorable Copa del Rey draws. (Sport)
Arek Milik is already up and walking after ACL surgery, and wants to make a fast comeback. (Gazzetta)
Gerard Pique is an extremely mean person. (Mirror)
You should be reading
Rory Smith on how soccer video games are changing real soccer. (New York Times)
Jacob Steinberg on Daniel Sturridge becoming more unselfish and reaching his potential. (Guardian)
Dan Arritt on the tough road American coaches face in European soccer. (ESPN FC)
What happened on Thursday
The Rapids took the lead in the Supporters' Shield race. (MLS)
What to watch on Friday (click for listings, all times ET)
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha Berlin (2:30 p.m.) -- Two of Germany's best. Expect goals.