Jan 30, 2009

Sport - Football;U.S. to bid for 2018 and 2022 World Cups

U.S. Soccer will join the race to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, federation president Sunil Gulati said on Thursday.

U.S. soccer will unveil its plans on Monday, the deadline for associations to submit official paperwork expressing an intention to bid.

FIFA said this week it already had six proposals on the table -- Indonesia, England, Japan, Qatar, Russia and a joint application from Spain and Portugal -- and several other association have said they will join the process.

The 2010 World Cup will be held in South Africa while Brazil will host the 2014 tournament.

FIFA is due to announce the hosts of both the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in December 2010.

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