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Quite a photo-op: Obama, Clinton and USA 23
May 26th, 2010 12AM

TAGS:  men's national team, world cup 2022


[WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN] How big is the World Cup in political terms? On Thursday, former President Bill Clinton, in his new role as the honorary chairman of the USA's 2018/22 World Cup bid committee, and the U.S. national team will head to the White House, where Bob Bradley's boys will get a send-off from President Barack Obama.

Clinton is expected to attend several matches in South Africa. Vice president Joseph Biden is expected to attend the USA-England opener June 12 in Rustenburg.

Obama had said he might attend if the Americans advance far in the tournament.

On Tuesday, Clinton hosted 15 members of the USA Bid Committee board at the New York City office of the William J. Clinton Foundation in Harlem.

'HUMBLED' “To assemble such an impressive array of leaders committed to the ideals of FIFA and the World Cup tells the United States and the global soccer community that our effort is a sincere and worthy one,” said Sunil Gulati, Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer.  “President Clinton is already making a significant impact on behalf of our bid, and we are humbled and impressed by the support our Board of Directors is pledging to help us bring the FIFA World Cup back to the United States in 2018 or 2022.”

  1. Fernando Paz
    commented on: May 26, 2010 at 8:32 a.m.
    Smart move Gulati! I hate Clinton but the world loves him for some reason. Bring that baby home again. I will watch 5 matches don't care who plays. "GO SOUNDERS!"
  1. Lloyd Elling
    commented on: May 26, 2010 at 9:43 a.m.
    Vice President Joseph Biden.....see you on June 12 in Rustenberg. Delaware will be well reprensented. Will he join us in category 2 or 3 seats? Former President Bill Clinton....I appauld your compassion, support and time for the most needy of our planet earth. Thank you for your support of USA Bid for 2018/2022 World Cup. GO USA!!!!
  1. Valerie Metzler
    commented on: May 26, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.
    Wonderful! Who says Americans don't love real football?!!!

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