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December 16, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Drew Carey attends first World Cup bid board meeting

So says the Associated Press, which writes that Carey was in New York yesterday.

Football (soccer) great Mia Hamm, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and comedian Drew Carey attended the first board meeting of the U.S. bid committee trying to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.
U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati also was at the three-hour session on Tuesday, held at Major League Soccs offices. U.S. coach Bob Bradley, who was not on the board, sat in.

In other news, there’s a bidding war for majority control of Arsenal between Stanley Kroenke, an American, and a Russian billionaire named Alisher Usmanov, the Wall Street Journal writes.

Alex Fynn, a football consultant and co-author of “Arsenal: The Making of a Modern Superclub,” says it is most likely that the quiet American will emerge as the victor.
“It looks inevitable that he is going to take over the club because he is buying shares with the acquiescence of the board,” he says.

Stuart Holden of the Houston Dynamo is in for a major pay raise from MLS. The Aberdeen Press and Journal of Scotland reports that Holden, a Scotland native who is now a U.S. citizen, was offered 10 times his weekly salary from 400 to 4,000 pounds a week to prevent him from jumping to Europe.

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