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U.S. hopes 13 is lucky number

Updated: September 8, 2010, 10:10 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

Last week, an online petition created by the USA Bid Committee to support hosting the 2018 or 2022 World Cup surpassed 1 million signatures. Impressive for a nation that in some quarters still isn't considered a "soccer country."

Yet a vastly more important number to the U.S. is 13, which is the number of votes needed from FIFA's 24-man Executive Committee to secure the right to host one of the tournaments. And with FIFA conducting its official inspection tour of the U.S. ...

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