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Miami seeking support in countdown to 2022 World Cup bid announcement

Just 30 days remain until FIFA announces the host country for the 2022 World Cup. So the Miami Host City Bid Committee is continuing to rev up support to bring the world’s largest sporting event to the U.S.

The committee is hoping to generate 30,000 signatures in support of the U.S. bid in the next 30 days. Sign the petition at or by texting the word MIAMI to 22442 (data rates apply).

"We were the first city to reach 50,000 signatures, so why not be the first to reach 100,000?," Miami-Dade County Commissioner and bid committee chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz said in a statement. "I think Miami has shown how much we want to host the World Cup and how much we love soccer."

FIFA is scheduled to announce the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on Dec. 2. Last month, the United States withdrew its bid for the 2018 soccer spectacle to concentrate on 2022.

Miami is one of 18 U.S. cities included in the bid, with Sun Life Stadium considered a potential location for an opening or final match. If the U.S. does win the bid, the number of host cities, which also includes Tampa, is expected to be pared to 12 to 15, but not until roughly five years before the event. The Miami Beach Convention Center has also been pitched as a potential location for the draw held in the December preceding the event.

Categories: Soccer (15), Sun Life Stadium (24)

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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