Area soccer fans will learn Thursday whether their dream is still alive.
Kansas City is among the cities that could be a host city for the 2022 World Cup if the United States gets the bid.
FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, will announce which nations will play host to the 2018 and ’22 World Cups on Thursday.
Sporting Kansas City (née Wizards) will be a co-host to a watch party for the announcement at the 810 Zone, 4686 Broadway in Kansas City. Doors will open at 8:15 a.m., and coverage of the announcement will begin at 8:30 a.m. The official announcement will be made by FIFA president Joseph Blatter and broadcast live from Zurich, Switzerland, between 9 and 9:30 a.m.
"Dec. 2 could be the most important day in American soccer for the next 25 years," said David Ficklin, the committee director for the Kansas City host city bid.
"The first time the U.S. hosted the World Cup in 1994, it gave birth to our professional league (Major League Soccer) and created the foundation for the phenomenal growth the sport has experienced since then. We’re confident that a second opportunity to host in 2022 would be just as powerful and would continue to cement the sport’s presence across our nation."