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Vote to bring the World Cup to Houston

Bored with the Mayor’s race? Here’s something else you can vote on.

As the USA Bid Committee puts together a proposal for the United States to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup to present to FIFA next year, it is asking aspiring host cities to rally their citizens around the cause via online voting.

As one of 27 hopefuls, Houston and Harris County aren’t wasting any time, with the Houston Bid Committee launching a campaign to have citizens and fans show support for the city and Reliant Stadium hosting World Cup games by voting at www.gousabid.com/HOUSTON.

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Final bids are due to FIFA by May 14, 2010, and the sport’s governing body will announce the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 editions in December 2010.

The USA Bid Committee’s bid will include 20 host cities/venues. Starting next month, the committee will meet with representatives from candidate cities/venues.

If the United States is awarded a World Cup, the number likely will be reduced to 12-14 cities/venues. The voting will help the USA Bid Committee gauge support.

“It’s important because every city and county and region needs to show its support,” said Chris Keeney, general manager of Lone Star Sports and Entertainment, a member of the Houston Bid Committee. “Is it the only thing that matters? No, but it’s kind of like an All-Star vote, where the fans also have a vote. And it’s also important to spread the word.”

I think a World Cup in Houston would be awesome. If you think so, too, go vote to help make it happen.

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  1. […] way, if the American bid advances further, another winnowing will need to be done. More here and here. The bid is for either 2018 or 2022. If it were to be held here, it would be at Reliant […]