USA Flubs World Cup Pitch, Still Likely to Win

Bill Clinton, Morgan Freeman push US bid to FIFA
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2010 12:19 AM CST
Updated Dec 2, 2010 3:30 AM CST
USA Flubs World Cup Pitch, Still Likely to Win
Morgan Freeman arrives with the US delegation at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland yesterday.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Soccer's governing body chooses the country to host the 2022 World Cup today and the US is widely expected to win—despite a somewhat shambolic presentation yesterday. Bill Clinton's speech was long and rambling and Morgan Freeman accidentally skipped a page in his script, but Team USA star Landon Donovan hit the right note, the Guardian reports. "The World Cup captivated our country and something special happened this summer in our love for the game," the player told FIFA officials.

The US, which promises to deliver bumper profits, is competing against Qatar, which stresses heat won't be a problem; Japan, which promises to beam matches in 3D around the world; Australia, which promises a "no worries" World Cup; and South Korea, which says hosting the competition will help bring peace to the region. FIFA officials will announce the results of both the 2022 vote and a vote to choose which European country hosts the 2018 World Cup at 10am ET.
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