U.S. pulls out of 2018 World Cup bid

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The United States is no longer in the running to host soccer’s 2018 World Cup after its bid committee decided to withdraw from contention and focus on hosting the 2022 tournament instead.

The USA Bid Committee announced on Friday it had made the decision after “several months of careful deliberation” following meetings with the sport’s world ruling body FIFA and Europe’s controlling organization UEFA.

The withdrawal leaves just four candidates for the 2018 tournament — all of them from Europe.

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