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June 2, 2010
Brad Pitt joins USA bid committee effort

NEW YORK---Academy Award-nominated actor Brad Pitt has accepted an invitation to join the board of directors for the USA Bid Committee in its quest to bring the World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.

Pitt commemorated his new role by adding his name to the USA Bid Committee’s online petition at, joining the more than 400,000 people who have already registered their support for the effort.

“Soccer is a truly global sport and the opportunity to join the effort to have the U.S. host the world’s greatest sporting event again is a great honor,” Pitt said in a statement. “FIFA has set a world standard for using sport as a tool for positive social change and I’m proud to be associated with a United States World Cup Bid that has so ardently adhered to the principles established by FIFA.”

In addition to working with and supporting numerous organizations with a variety of causes, Pitt also founded the Make It Right Foundation in 2006, organizing housing professionals in New Orleans to finance and construct 150 sustainable, affordable new houses in New Orleans's Ninth Ward following Hurricane Katrina. Also in 2006, Pitt and Angelina Jolie established a charitable organization, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to aid humanitarian causes around the world.

“Brad’s exposure to global culture throughout his career, along with his connection to soccer through his family has given him a unique understanding of the unifying aspect of the game,” USA Bid Committee chairman and U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. “His consistent philanthropic efforts exemplify the bid’s desire to utilize soccer as a tool of positive change. We welcome Brad to our board of directors.”

The United States and the eight competing bids each submitted their official bid books to FIFA in a formal ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland on May 14. FIFA’s 24-member Executive Committee will study the bids, conduct site visits and name the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments on Dec. 2, completing a 21-month bid and review process.

The U.S., Australia, England and Russia have formally declared their desire to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. Netherlands/Belgium and Portugal/Spain have submitted joint bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, while Japan, Qatar and South Korea have only applied as candidates to host the tournament in 2022.

Indonesia withdrew its bid in March, while Mexico withdrew its bid in September 2009.

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