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USA Bid Committee Receives $75,000 Donation from Georgia Soccer to Support U.S. Bid for FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022

CHICAGO (December 16, 2009) - The USA Bid Committee today announced a donation of $75,000 from Georgia Soccer, the state soccer association for both youth and adult soccer in Georgia, toward the effort to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. The donation from Georgia Soccer is an example of the grassroots and private support that is being used to fund the bid efforts.

"We want to thank Georgia Soccer for affirming their support of the USA Bid," said Sunil Gulati, the Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. "This donation is another example of the wide acceptance and engagement that the bid cause has received from pretty much every single person and organization that has a tie in with soccer in our country.”

Georgia Soccer, with a membership of over 95,000, is a leader in soccer both on and off the field. The high level of play that exists in Georgia Soccer leagues has allowed teams to capture many youth soccer regional and national championships, while also producing many athletes who have played at the collegiate level as well as for the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams.

“Bringing the World Cup to Georgia and the United States is an investment in the future of our sport and the pride, excitement and attention that comes with the World Cup will provide benefits to our members for years to come,” said Larry Green, President of Georgia Soccer.

Georgia Soccer is host to the prestigious Atlanta Cup, one of the nation’s largest soccer tournaments held on Labor Day each year with more than 700 teams participating. Off the field, Georgia Soccer works with local communities and associations to support programs that encourage healthy lifestyles.

“Bringing the FIFA World Cup back to the USA will certainly be another milestone in promoting soccer as a preeminent sport,” said Rick Skirvin, Executive Director of Georgia Soccer. “With hopefully Atlanta playing a role, we believe that the USA bid can show the world that the game is truly in US.”