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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

May 28, 2009
BACKING THE WORLD CUP BID
Hamm, Donovan join committee


Mia Hamm, who retired from soccer after the 2004 Olympics joins the U.S. World Cup Bid Committee
Mia Hamm, who retired from soccer after the 2004 Olympics joins the U.S. World Cup Bid Committee
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NEW YORK Ė Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm will join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its endeavor to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.

The all-time leading scorer for the U.S. Menís National Team, Donovan is a two-time recipient of the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award and three-time MLS Cup Champion. Hamm, a two-time FIFA World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, retired from soccer in 2004 after scoring more international goals than any other player, male or female, in the history of the sport.

The United States, Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and Russia have formally declared their desire to host the FIFA World Cupô in 2018 or 2022. Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain have each submitted joint bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, while Qatar and South Korea have applied as candidates to play host only to the tournament in 2022.

All candidates must have their bid applications to FIFA by May 14, 2010. FIFAís 24 member Executive Committee will study the bids, conduct site visits and name the two hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in December 2010, completing a 21-month bid and review process.
   
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