The Rose Bowl, which was on the original list of stadiums, hosted the 1994 World Cup final.

This story was published in 1987, when the U.S. Soccer Federation put in its bid to host the 1994 World Cup.

By Michael Lewis

FrontRowSoccer.com Editor

Is there a World Cup in the New York metropolitan area’s future?

If you went by the United States Soccer Federation’s 381-page application to host the 1994 World Cup, there will be no games in the area if this country gets the bid. There were no area stadiums mentioned as one of the 18 in the report.

The USSF had expressed interest in the 77,000-seat Giants Stadium former home of Cosmos, but the stadium did not meet the minimum requirements set forth by FIFA and there was not much interest by stadium officials, USSF president Werner Fricker said.

“They [stadium officials] chose not be involved at this time,” Fricker said in New York Monday (Sept. 28, 1987). “Very seriously, they chose not be involved at this point.”

The nearest stadium in the bid was 45,000-seat Palmer Stadium in Princeton, N.J.

Fricker stressed that seven years in a long time and that Giants Stadium still could be used if grass could be placed over artificial turf. FIFA and Italian officials only this summer announced the final 12 stadiums for the 1990 World Cup.

“That selection is not tentative or final,” Fricker said. “Any of that can be changed. That is their {FIFA’s] prerogative.”

The 18 stadiums in the application:

Northeast Region

JFK Stadium (90,000) and Franklin Field (61,000) in Philadelphia, Palmer Stadium (45,000) in Princeton, N.J. RFK Stadium (55,000) in Washington, D.C. and the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (30,000) in Annapolis, Md.

Southeast Region

Orange Bowl (75,355) in Miami, Fla., Joe Robbie Stadium (74,990) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tampa Stadium (74,317) in Tampa Fla. and the Citrus Bowl (50,843) in Orlando, Fla.

Midwest Region

Arrowhead Stadium (78,065, artificial turf) in Kansas City, Mo., Cotton Bowl (72,000) in Dallas, Texas, Soldier Field (66,200) in Chicago, and Minnesota Sports Stadium (45,000, under construction; proposed 1994 capacity: 90,000) in Blaine, Minn.

West Region

Rose Bowl (103,553) in Pasadena, Coliseum (92,516) in Los Angeles, Calif., Husky Stadium (72,484) in Seattle, Wash., Parker Stadium (40,593) in Corvallis, Ore., and Sam Boyd Silver Bowl (30,000) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The stadium criteria included grass field, which had to be 115 by 75 yards. Minimum capacities of 30,000.