FIFA to announce host for 2022 World Cup

December 2, 2010

The U.S. is one of five countries vying to host the 2022 World Cup.

Soccer's international governor body, FIFA is expected to make the announcement today.

Chicago hosted a few matches the last time the U.S. hosted the World Cup in 1994. But this time Chicago isn't on the list of proposed host cities for 2022, even though the U.S. governing body for soccer is headquartered in Chicago.

Frank Klopas is technical director for the Chicago Fire soccer team. He says if the U.S. wins the 2022 bid, the city could still have a chance of hosting some matches.

"Having the World Cup in the U.S. without Chicago being one of the host cities, I would be shocked. This is not only a big soccer town, but it's also a town that I think no matter what team or what group comes to play here, I gurantee you that you will find people from that country living in Chicago," he said.

Recent British media reports alleged corruption within FIFA's executive committee. Klopas says he doesn't think that will have much of an affect on the 2022 bid.

U.S. Soccer officials are in Zurich for the announcement and were unavailable for comment.