Tag: President Bill Clinton
Spain has now won its first World Cup! What an exciting finish to the competition, with the winning goal scored in extra time. I was very impressed by the fact that the competition this year garnered unprecedented viewership and interest in the United States. That's a great development, especially as America seeks to become a host for a future World Cup.
Former President Bill Clinton has been named honorary chairman of the committee that is spearheading an effort to get the World Cup soccer championship in 2018 or 2022 for the United States. Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation and chairman of the USA Bid Committee, has gathered a host of famous American to promote the bid.
The committee includes New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actors Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, comedian Drew Carey, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya, American soccer stars Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, director Spike Lee and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The U.S. bid involves the use of 18 possible host cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C.
I personally loved what President Clinton said when interviewed about the push for America to be the host. According to Clinton, one benefit of the U.S. bid is the likelihood of packed stadiums, given the large number of soccer fans who live in the United States but support other nations when it comes to soccer. Also, he noted that we have 21 existing stadiums, most of which have been renovated in the past few years.
He said that the United States could offer just about every other nation in the world a home crowd because of our status as a nation composed of immigrants. (I can't help but think of the irony of the latest effort to demonize immigrants, especially Arizona's recent law that just about guarantees that the police will have a free pass to racially profile anyone of Hispanic origin. That won't help the World Cup host cause.)