MLS Asks Fans to Support US World Cup Bid

League focused on awareness of 2018 and 2022 FIFA proposals

Major League Soccer is calling on its fans to support the USA World Cup Bid
, which on Friday, will submit its final bid book to host
the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“MLS is deeply committed to assisting the USA World Cup Bid Committee’s efforts
to bring the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup to the United States,” said MLS
Commissioner Don Garber, who is a member of the USA Bid Committee Board of
Directors. “Our bid offers the opportunity to showcase the United States as a
vibrant and rising soccer nation, but we need the support of every soccer fan
in our country. We are asking all of our fans to sign the petition at and show the entire soccer world the
level of America’s commitment.”

Beginning with Thursday’s contest between the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake
on ESPN2 (9 p.m. ET), MLS is raising awareness of the bid at all eight matches
this week through various electronic platforms.

The league will display a special one-time USA Bid flag prominently on the
field before kickoff on Thursday night, and children on the field during
pregame ceremonies will wear “The Game Is In US” T-shirts.

For the first time, the double field board at the center line will not feature
the “Major League Soccer” logo during this week’s matches, but will instead
display USA Bid Committee branding throughout all of the games. will also feature a front-page sponsorship and unmatched
editorial coverage of the bid, and an exclusive video montage of players
throughout the league pledging their personal support.

MLS is also using Facebook and Twitter to encourage fans to sign the petition
to bring the World Cup back to the United States for the first time since 1994,
when crowds averaged 69,000 fans per game and a FIFA World Cup record 3.6
million total fans attended the matches.

The Bid Book is a five-volume, 1,250-page document. The nine competing nations
will present alphabetically, leaving the United States with the final slot in
the ceremony to present the U.S. Bid Book to FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter
at 10:15 a.m. ET on Friday morning in Zurich, Switzerland.

FIFA will announce the host countries for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on
Dec. 2.

Among those who will join U.S. Soccer President and USA Bid Committee Chairman
Sunil Gulati for the handover ceremony are Executive Director of the USA Bid
Committee David Downs, Managing Director John Kristick and U.S. Men’s National Team
captain Carlos Bocanegra.

In addition to Garber, the USA Bid
Committee Board of Directors also includes Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston
Dynamo owner Philip Anschutz, New England Revolution owner Robert Kraft,
Seattle Sounders FC minority owner Drew Carey, Houston Dynamo minority owner
Oscar De La Hoya and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan.