Sepp Blatter was in town recently for the Gold Cup final and then flew down to DC, invited to the White House for a meeting with Barack Obama. The FIFA president formally invited the US president to attend the World Cup in South Africa next year. Obama also took the opportunity to make a plug for USA's bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.
They also took sometime to play a bit of one on one. Blatter was impressed with Obama's soccer skills when they kicked a ball with one another. Looks like attending Malia and Sasha Obama's matches have their fringe benefits.
England is pretty much the abortive favourite for landing the 2018 World Cup if these things go strictly by rotation. The US stands a better chance with the next one.