Atlanta’s World Cup dreams are still intact. The city is on a pared-down list of potential host cities for the bid to bring the World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022, Atlanta Sports Council president Gary Stokan said.

Atlanta is one of 27 cities that made the cut from the list of 58 metropolitan areas that submitted proposals about three weeks ago. The list will be announced Thursday by the bid committee.

“It’s great news for the city of Atlanta,” Stokan said. “Certainly, it goes to show the credibility that the city has from its past hosting history.”

Atlanta’s candidacy was boosted by two international soccer exhibitions at the Georgia Dome this summer that both drew more than 50,000 fans, the second of which was attended by bid committee members.

The list will be trimmed down to 18 by the end of the year, and the committee will submit its proposal to FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, next May.

By Ken Sugiura – AJC

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