[WORLD CUP 2018 BID] Robert Kraft, a founding investor of Major League Soccer, is the latest addition to the board of directors of the USA Bid Committee seeking the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. Best known as the owner of the NFL powerhouse New England Patriots, Kraft was influential in bringing the 1994 World Cup to Foxboro Stadium and has owned MLS's New England Revolution since its launch in 1996.
"Being involved in the 1994 World Cup was one the most thrilling experiences of my professional career and really opened my eyes to the potential for the growth of the sport in this country," said Kraft. "Soccer continues to become more ingrained in the culture of the American sports fan and I'm honored to be a part of the movement to bring the World Cup back to the United States."
In the last two decades, the New England market in general and first Foxboro Stadium and now Gillette Stadium in particular has welcomed many memorable international matches.
Sunil Gulati, who has served as president of Kraft Soccer overseeing the Kraft family's soccer interests, is the chairman of the USA Bid Committee.
Other recent additions to the board have been U.S. Soccer Foundation President Ed Foster-Simeon and University of Miami President Donna Shalala.