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Menino happy Boston in World Cup mix

Posted by Zuri Berry, Staff  January 12, 2010 04:00 PM

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menino.jpgThe USA Bid committee announced today that Boston, as well as 17 other US cities, will be included in the final submission for the United States' application to host the World Cup games in either 2018 or 2020.

"I'm pleased that Boston has been chosen to be part of the United States' bid for World Cup Soccer," Mayor Menino said in a press release. "This world-class sporting event is a civic celebration that will showcase our rich diversity, deep pride and vibrant culture. It will also bring millions of dollars to the state's economy creating thousands of new jobs."

The US is competing with Russia, England, Belgium and the Netherlands. They're also competing against partner countries Spain and Portugal.

If the US were to get the nod, which will be announced Dec. 2 this year, a World Cup game would be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

The last World Cup that graced Boston was in 1994.

"For many American fans, including my family, the 1994 FIFA World Cup was a defining moment in our love of soccer," said Bob Kraft, owner of the New England Revolution and member of the board of directors of the USA Bid committee. "So many New Englanders had the opportunity to witness the greatest sporting event in the world in their own back yard and we look forward to bringing the FIFA World Cup back in 2018 or 2022."
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