The Washington Business Journal reports that we’ve survived the first round of cuts in the competition to be a World Cup site. Don’t pull out the party hats just yet – this first round only trims the candidates down to 27 host cities, based on sweeping generalizations like traffic and accommodations. The next round of narrowing will happen in December and the final contenders will be bundled into the proposal submitted to FIFA in mid-2010.
There’s no guarantee at that point that FIFA will select the USA Bid Committee’s proposal, mind you. Ten other countries – alone and in cahoots with each other – have made official declarations of their intent to bid on the 2018 and/or 2022 Cup. If you’d like to keep up with the process more fully the US committee has a website and blog.