U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati didn’t mention Donald Trump by name Tuesday, but he didn’t need to.
Gulati addressed multiple topics, including the impact the 2016 presidential race could have on the United States’ chances at hosting future World Cups, before Team USA’s 4-0 victory over Costa Rica in Copa America 2016. And, without saying the words “Donald” and “Trump,” he certainly appeared to paint a gloomy picture if the Republican presidential nominee beats Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in November.
“The world’s perception of the United States is affected by who is in the White House,” Gulati said, via Deadspin. “It has some bearing, for sure. Having somebody in the White House that gives the country an outward-looking view and a personality that is more easier accepted around the world is positive for the United States and then more specifically for hosting events here and for our general image from a sports perspective, but it’s far beyond sports.
“A co-hosted World Cup with Mexico would be a little trickier if Secretary Clinton is not in the White House. Can it help you or can it hurt you? Both.”
Just another thing to think about in November.
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