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Senators get behind US World Cup bid

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FREDERIC J. FROMMER | July 1, 2010 06:52 PM EST | AP

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WASHINGTON — A group of senators is getting behind an effort to bring the World Cup to the U.S. in 2018 or 2022.

The senators, led by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, planned to send a letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter this week on behalf of the U.S. bid. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

The senators say they're hopeful that "Americans will be given a chance to display their passion" for the sport. And they argue that the U.S. has the infrastructure to handle soccer's premier event.

At least 22 senators have signed on to the letter at last count.

Celebrities from former President Bill Clinton to actor Brad Pitt serve on the USA Bid Committee.