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Vice-President Joe Biden Visits With U.S. Men's National Team To Give Good Luck Wishes Prior To Opening Match of 2010 FIFA World Cup Against England


U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati Joins Biden in U.S. Locker Room to Wish Team Well

RUSTENBERG, South Africa (June 12, 2010) – Vice-President Joe Biden visited briefly with the U.S. World Cup Team in the locker room at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium about an hour before the USA kicked off its 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign against England.

Biden, who took in the opening match against South Africa and Mexico yesterday in Johannesburg, arrived in Rustenburg today to watch the match and brought well-wishes from President Barack Obama. During his five-minute visit with the team in the locker room, Biden told the team he was happy to be there and wished them good luck. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati joined Biden in the locker room to wish the team luck before the match.

“The players and coaches were honored to have Vice-President Biden visit the team before the match in the locker room,” said Gulati. “We are proud to be representing the United States in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the Vice-President providing the team a good luck message was an extraordinary way to head into our opening match of the tournament.”

The U.S. World Cup Team visited with President Obama and Vice President Biden on May 27 at the White House, three days prior to departing for South Africa. President Bill Clinton also attended the event as honorary chairman of the USA Bid Committee to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.

The U.S. Men's National Team kicks off Group C of the FIFA World Cup against England at 8:30 p.m. local time in Rustenburg, South Africa (2:30 p.m. ET). The U.S. will follow tonight’s game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.

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