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U.S. Soccer to Decide Soon About '18 Bid

In a podcast published over the weekend, U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati laid out the organization's agenda for 2008. He started with this year's exhibition matches, confirming only a March 26 friendly against Poland in Krakow, although he mentioned that two more exhibitions would be added in late May or early June. One of these will most likely be against Spain, as Coach Luis Aragones said his team would play the USA on June 4. The other friendly would also be against a "top ten" opponent, Gulati said. These matches will most likely be played in Europe as warm-ups for the European Championship.

The other big news from the podcast was that the U.S. will decide by June 1 whether or not to bid on the 2018 World Cup. FIFA will not make the initial bidding documents available until next year, but the Federation over the next five months will assess our chances of winning a bid.

Gulati was also asked to comment on Bob Bradley's first year in charge of the national team. He said that last year was a transitional year for the U.S. and that winning the first 11 games and the Gold Cup was a better start than he could have hoped for. He added that judging him based on the Copa America results would be unfair because Bradley always said the South American tournament wasn't a priority.

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