Carlos Bocanegra, Sepp Blatter, & Sunil GulatiThe delegation from the USA Bid Committee submitted the official United States Bid Book to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in a formal ceremony at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, today. 

Representing the 90 million soccer fans in the United States, the delegation from the USA Bid Committee included U.S. Soccer President and USA Bid Committee Chairman Sunil Gulati, USA Bid Committee Executive Director David Downs, USA Bid Committee Managing Director John Kristick and U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra.

The group presented the bid book to FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke.

The United States and eight competing bids each had 15 minutes to present their bid book and engage in a question and answer session with assembled media following the ceremony.

The submission of the official bid books begins a seven-month review process that will include site visits by FIFA Executive Committee members to each bidding nation and culminate with the selection of the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups on December 2, 2010, in Zurich.

Very exciting times guys and we are looking forward to December 2, 2010 when FIFA will decide the two host countries! Stay tuned in for more World Cup related updates and things to do in Tampa Bay!