Vice President Biden Heading to World Cup for US-England Match

By Alex Pepper

May 20, 2010 3:54pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:

Vice President Biden and his wife Jill are heading to South Africa next month and will attend the US Men’s National Team’s first World Cup game against England on June 12 in Rustenburg.

The Bidens will also travel to Egypt and Kenya the week of June 7 for meetings with leaders of both nations. Biden will also meet with South African leaders and other world leaders in the country for the soccer tournament.

The Bidens will represent the United States at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

There had been much speculation on whether President Obama would make the trip to South Africa for the World Cup.

Obama travels to Indonesia and Australia in mid-June, a re-scheduling of his trip there in March that was postponed because of the health care vote.

Last July he indicated he would like to attend the sport event, which is held once every four years.

“That’s my goal. Get it?” Obama joked to reporters in Italy.

Last summer Obama met at the White House with Joseph Blatter, the head of soccer’s international body, FIFA, to discuss bringing the 2018 or 2022 World Cup to the United States and promoting the sport among Americans.

Blatter said after the meeting that he formally invited Obama and his family to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and said the president instructed his aides to look at the agenda for next summer to see if it could work.

-Karen Travers

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