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US Soccer announce World Cup bid interest

US Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced on Monday afternoon they have officially submitted a declaration of interest to host either the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. David Downs will be the Executive Director of the USA Bid Committee. Downs, who will start immediately, previously served as President of Univision Sports from 2001-2009.

The entire bid process will span 16-months, with FIFA setting May 2010 as the deadline for countries to submit their final paperwork. FIFA's 24-man Executive Committee will then review each bid and name the two hosts for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups in December 2010.

"I'm pleased to announce we have submitted our interest to FIFA to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cups," said Gulati. "The World Cup is the greatest sporting event in the world, and to have the opportunity to host it once again is an honour, but also an incredible challenge. We are confident we can put together a successful bid to host another impressive event, and invite fans from around the world to enjoy the world's game in our country."

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