San Diego officials disappointed with World Cup decision

By City News Service

Instead, FIFA, the sport’s international body, awarded the 2018 competition to Russia and the 2022 event to the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” Sanders said near the end of a news conference on another topic. “San Diego stood to gain from matches in San Diego.”

The matches would have attracted tourists and their money to San Diego, Sanders said.

A report delivered to the City Council last year said each World Cup host city in the United States could gain up to $500 million in economic activity.

The U.S. Soccer Federation spent millions of dollars and enlisted the help of former President Bill Clinton in its bid for the 2022 games.

The United States hosted the World Cup in 1994, and the total attendance of nearly 3.6 million fans is still a record.