An Atlanta United official has been named to the North American bid committee for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Carlos Bocanegra is the technical director of Atlanta United, and oversees soccer operations and working on the development of young players.
The United Bid Committee is seeking to bring the 2026 game to North America.
Bocanegra is a former U.S. Men’s National Team player and captain, spending 11 years on the squad and six years as captain. He finished his career as the team's all-time leading goal scorer among defenders.
Bocanegra played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He played professionally for the Chicago Fire and Chivas USA in MLS, as well as in England, France, Scotland and Spain.
Also named to the committee on Friday was Julie Foudy, a two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist; and U.S. Soccer Foundation President and CEO Ed Foster-Simeon.
The deadline for the submission of the formal bid to FIFA is March 16, 2018. Discussions have already begun with a record number of cities that will compete to serve as official host cities, including Atlanta.