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June 2, 2009
Schwarzenegger joins World Cup board

NEW YORK – The United States World Cup bid has already gotten the backing of President Barack Obama, and now it is adding some muscle from the other side of the political aisle, as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the Board of Directors of USA Bid Committee.

The U.S, which last hosted the World Cup in 1994, is seeking to bring the event back in either 2018 or 2022.

"Soccer is the world's most popular sport and California has been home to some of its most exciting games, and I am proud to be a part of bringing the World Cup back to the United States," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "The millions of fans from around the globe that will travel to the United States to cheer their teams will prove a great benefit for our state, our nation and the world of soccer."

Six stadiums in California are among 58 venues in the United States that are under consideration to play host to FIFA World Cup matches in 2018 or 2022 – the Rose Bowl, Stanford Stadium, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Memorial Stadium in Berkeley and Oakland-Alameda County Stadium in Oakland. No other state has as many as six stadiums in the running.

The Rose Bowl hosted the final of the 1994 World Cup, as well as the final of the 1999 Women’s World Cup.

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