Let’s Hope They Don’t Put This Guy in Charge of the Budget

NEW YORK (AP) – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined the group trying to bring the World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.

Schwarzenegger’s support is considered a key element in U.S. Soccer’s bids because several California venues traditionally are used for international games. The 1994 World Cup and 1999 Women’s World Cup concluded at the Rose Bowl and the 2003 Women’s World Cup final was at Home Depot Center.<

"Soccer is the world's most popular sport and California has been home to some of its most exciting games, and I am proud to be a part of bringing the World Cup back to the United States," Schwarzenegger said. "The millions of fans from around the globe that will travel to the United States to cheer their teams will prove a great benefit for our state, our nation and the world of soccer."

Six stadiums in California are among 58 venues in the U.S. under consideration for World Cup matches in 2018 or 2022 including the Rose Bowl and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

"California is a soccer state in every sense of the word, with participation and avid support at all levels, from its vast youth system to the professional ranks," said Sunil Gulati, chairman of the U.S. bid committee and president of U.S. Soccer.

The United States is one of nine candidates seeking the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

The others are Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and Russia, with joint bids from Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain. Qatar and South Korea have applied as candidates only for 2022.

Both tournaments will be awarded in December 2010.

Mia Hamm and the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan were added to the bid committee last week.

Updated: You can watch Arnold on the subject here:

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  • PocketKings

    Any chance Chivas USA can work in a deal for a downtown stadium (like a refurbished Coliseum)?

    Downtown stadiums are key to accessibility (mass transit) for fan base.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    The ONLY reason Der Dummkopf-ator is involved in the World Cup bid is because he’s a politician who has some renown as worldwide cultural icon. The corrupt FIFA bureaucrats still get the chills when in the midst of a “Hollywood star.”

    BTW, PocketKings, I don’t think the Coliseum would work for Chivas USA. First, the club will never be able to fill it (even if downsized) so it will lose money every time it opens the gates. Second, mass transit (in terms of Metrolink rail, at least) is non-existent. The closest stop is near Staples Center — and who wants to walk late at night in that neighborhood?