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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2003

U.S. favored to host Women's World Cup

MADRID, Spain The United States is the front-runner to host this year's Women's World Cup after the tournament was moved from China because of SARS, the president of soccer's governing body said Wednesday.

The 16-nation event originally was scheduled for Sept. 23 to Oct. 11, but FIFA decided this month to move the quadrennial championship.

The United States, which staged the tournament in 1999, has applied to hold the event. Sweden, Italy and Australia also have expressed interest.

U.S. Soccer Federation officials made a presentation to FIFA last week in Zurich, Switzerland.

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