May 17, 2010
HAIL TO THE (EX) CHIEF
Clinton joins U.S. Bid
NEW YORK –Former President Bill Clinton has joined the efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022 and was named today the Honorary Chairman of the USA Bid. The U.S. formally submitted its bid to FIFA in Zurich on Friday.
|How appropriate that President Clinton was given the No. 11 shirt by U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati because he joined the starting 11 for the Americans' World Cup bid effort for 2018 or 2022.
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In his role, President Clinton will be involved in promoting the USA bid’s cause in the months leading to the final decision in December.
“Few heads of state, if any, have played as important a role in positively affecting social change in their years after office as President Bill Clinton,” said Sunil Gulati, Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. “The work of his William J. Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative has played a crucial role in consolidating relief efforts and improving agency efficiency around some of the world’s worst natural disasters of the last decade. The goals and principles of his cause-based work mirrors those of FIFA and those outlined in the U.S. Bid to bring the World Cup back to the United States. We are honored by his commitment to our cause.”
President Clinton’s new role with the USA Bid Committee was announced at a news conference at the FC Harlem soccer facility. The announcement took place on the field following a soccer clinic hosted by New York Red Bulls players Juan Pablo Angel, Chris Albright and Seth Stammler for students that use the facility.