The Dallas Morning News

U.S., Canada, Mexico seek faster bid process

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GENEVA — The North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has asked FIFA for a decision in June 2018, two years ahead of schedule.

In a letter seen by The Associated Press, the soccer federation­s from the United States, Canada and Mexico asked FIFA to consider their request next month in Bahrain at its annual congress.

The proposal calls for the North American neighbors to be given a clear run without rival candidates until next year.

Paulo Dybala outshone his more famous compatriot Lionel Messi by scoring two goals to help Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfin­al in Turin, Italy. The second leg is April 19.

Barcelona forward Neymar missed the game for sarcastica­lly applauding an assistant referee Sunday. He will miss the next two game, including Barcelona’s game April 23 against Real Madrid in the Spanish league.

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