Brad Pitt Lends Hand to U.S. World Cup Bid

The United States’ bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup received another celebrity power as Brad Pitt has officially joined a committee tasked to bring the sport spectacle to the U.S., which last hosted the event in 1994.

Pitt said it was an honor to be able to contribute to the U.S. bid. “Soccer is a truly global sport and the opportunity to join the effort to have the U.S. host the world’s greatest sporting event again is a great honor,” he said.

Pitt joins a committee that already includes former President Bill Clinton, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, film director Spike Lee, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The FIFA, football’s governing body, will announce the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup before the end of the year. Competing with the U.S. for the hosting honor are Australia, England, Russia, Belgium-Netherlands, and Spain-Portugal. South Korea, Japan, and Qatar are also competing for the 2022 edition.