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December 5, 2009
NYC mayor backs USA WC bid

NEW YORK---The USA Bid Committee has announced that New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has joined its board of directors in its effort to bring the World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.

As mayor of New York City, the nation’s most populous and diverse city and the home of MLS, Bloomberg will play an integral role as a member of the board of directors as the USA Bid Committee prepares its application and continues its campaign to bring the world’s largest sporting event to the United States.

“New York is the most diverse city on Earth, with football fans from every country, and all of us are firmly behind America’s proposal to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “The United States – and New York City in particular – is an ideal place to host an extraordinary international event that welcomes the world, and to showcase the planet’s most popular sport. The United States put on a fantastic tournament in 1994, and we in New York City are ready to host an even more memorable World Cup in 2018 or 2022.”

The metropolitan area has a storied tradition with international soccer, highlighted by several matches from the 1994 World Cup being played across the river from New York City at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. With the anticipated completion of the New Meadowlands Stadium next to the historic venue it will replace, New York City and Bloomberg have applied for the venue to be included in the bid the USA will submit to FIFA so the city can once again host the world’s soccer fans for the world’s biggest sporting event.

“Mayor Bloomberg’s accomplishments as a businessman, philanthropist and administrator are well respected in this country and worldwide, ” said Sunil Gulati, the chairman of the USA Bid Committee and president of U.S. Soccer. “His vast experience will play an instrumental role at many levels of our bid, including the continued development of the legacy and sustainability components of our bid.”

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