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A group from FIFA, the all-powerful and mostly shady global soccer sanctioning body, is in town this morning for a quick look-see of the local facilities as part of a national tour before deciding if the U.S. should be granted another shot at hosting a World Cup in 2018 or 2022.
Here’s the itinerary for the traveling party, released last night:
|TOMORROW September 8, 2010|
|7:25 a.m. ET — Breakfast at the White House with VIP, FIFA Technical Tour and USA Bid Committee, Washington, D.C.
8:30 a.m. ET — Site visit and private tour of the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.
9:30 a.m. ET — Visit FedEx Field, Landover, MD
—Delegation departs for Miami, FL
Couple stick-outs here. First, not even a drop-by at R.F.K. Stadium, the only pro soccer venue in the city and the home of D.C. United, the flagship franchise of America’s top soccer league? Could this mean team management’s criticisms of RFK as unsuitable have merit*?
And, B: These World Cup people think they can start a tour of the Washington Monument at 8:30 a.m., then beat the rush hour traffic and be atFedExField by 9:30 a.m.? Didn’t anybody tell them FedExField isn’t anywhere near the Washington Monument or anything else worth looking at?
*More to come in this week’s pulpy Cheap Seats