Thursday, December 02, 2010

Grant Wahl: U.S. rests hopes on tireless Gulati

The U.S. gave its formal bid presentation to host World Cup '22 here on Wednesday, and a list of bold-faced names spoke on the Americans' behalf, including former President Bill Clinton, the actor Morgan Freeman, President Obama (on videotape) and star player Landon Donovan.

But the least recognizable speaker was the man who has done more to spearhead the U.S.'s drive for World Cup '22 than anyone else: A 51-year-old Columbia University economics professor who was born in Allahabad, India and emigrated to the U.S. at age five.

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