December 11, 2009
Congratulates U.S. qualifying for World Cup
NEW YORK -- The Congressional Soccer Caucus has introduced a resolution that congratulates the U.S. National Team on securing a spot in the 2010 World Cup. The resolution was accompanied by a letter to every member of Congress that included a message of support to bring the World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022 in addition.
“We are extremely thankful for the support we have received from the Congressional Soccer Caucus and their ongoing efforts to support the sport of soccer,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, who also is the chairman of the USA Bid Committee. “I would like to thank especially the four co-chairs of the Congressional Soccer Caucus for their initiative as well as all they do to demonstrate the importance our Congress places on the role of soccer in this country and abroad. They share our passion and vision for the incredible impact that a World Cup would have on the United States at this stage of the sport’s development in our country.”
The resolution and letter were brought forth by the four co-chairs of the Congressional Soccer Caucus: Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), Mary Bono Mack (R-California), George Miller (D-California), and David Reichert (R-Washington). The Congressional Soccer Caucus sent the letter of support for the National Team and the USA Bid Committee to every member of Congress in an effort to encourage their support for the team and the broader vision and goals set by the caucus.
The mission of the Congressional Soccer Caucus is to encourage legislation, activities and events that promote soccer and issues affecting the greater soccer community. Its goals include satisfying the increasing demand for playing fields as well as support for the use of soccer as a vehicle for building communities, developing healthy lifestyles in children, and cultivating leadership and teamwork skills.
The United States, Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan and Russia have formally declared their desire to host the World Cup 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.
FIFA’s 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.