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February 2, 2009
U.S. wants to host either '18, '22 WCs

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati threw the U.S.'s hat into the ring to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati threw the U.S.'s hat into the ring to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups.
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NEW YORK---In an announcement that should not surprise anyone, U.S. Soccer has thrown its hat into the World Cup ring for 2018 and 2022.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati made it official on Monday afternoon, saying the organization submitted a declaration of interest to host either the 2018 and 2022 competitions.

He also announced that former Univision president David Downs will be the executive director of the USA Bid Committee with offices in midtown Manhattan.

The entire bid process will span 16 months, with FIFA setting May 2010 as the deadline for countries to submit their final paperwork. FIFA’s 24-man executive committee will then review each bid and name the two hosts for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups in December 2010.

Gulati will serve as the chair of the bid committee, with U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn, MLS commissioner Don Garber and Phil Murphy, the former National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee, as the other first members of the committee. Other members of the bid committee will be announced in the near future.

“I’m pleased to announce we have submitted our interest to FIFA to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups,” Gulati said in a statement. “The World Cup is the greatest sporting event in the world, and to have the opportunity to host it once again is an honor, but also an incredible challenge. We are confident we can put together a successful bid to host another impressive event, and invite fans from around the world to enjoy the world’s game in our country.”

Other countries interested in hosting those World Cups include England, Spain/Portugal in a joint bid, Netherlands/Belgium in a joint bid, Qatar, Japan, and Mexico.
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