Newsday's John Jeansonne listened in on the conference call and wrote a story for today's paper about the United States' attempt to lock down the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022.

In summary, bid chairman Sunil Gulati is a confident man, telling the press: "With all due respect to our opponents, I don't see how anyone else can match us on a technical level."

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The plan involves 18 potential host cities, including the new Meadowlands. Cowboys Stadium, with a flatscreen the size of the White House, would host the opener and final, according to the plan. Australia, England, Russia, Belgium-Netherlands and Portugal-Spain, are also vying for the 2018 or 2022 tournaments.

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