U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lobbied the head of soccer's international governing body to bring the sport's World Cup to the United States in either 2018 or 2022, Xinhua reported.
Obama held talks with FIFA president Sepp Blatter at the White House and urged him to give "strong consideration to the U.S. bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or2022," the White House said in a statement.
"President Obama thanked Mr Blatter for inviting him to attend next year's event and said he hoped his schedule would allow him to do so," added the statement.
The 2010 World Cup will run from June 11 to July 11.
The United States hosted the 1994 tournament. Brazil will host the 2014 championship, and England is reportedly considered the frontrunner for 2018.