NEW YORK, SEPT. 28 -- The United States' chances of hosting the 1994 World Cup soccer finals are "excellent," U.S. Soccer Federation President Werner Fricker said today during a news conference at which the details of the USSF's formal bid to host the world's largest and most-watched sporting event were announced.

The bid, which contains specific data about infrastructure, governmental guarantees and 18 proposed game sites for the 52 games, will be presented Wednesday to Joseph S. Blatter, general secretary of FIFA, by USSF Treasurer Paul Stiehl at the world soccer governing body's headquarters in Zurich.

Brazil, Chile, and Morocco also are expected to submit bids by Wednesday's deadline.

Washington's RFK Stadium and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, the site of 1984 Olympic Games preliminary round matches, are included in the USSF's list of proposed game sites -- a list Fricker stressed is subject to change if the United States is selected as the host nation when FIFA announces its decision July 1, 1988.

At first glance, Brazil would seem the most logical candidate, Fricker said. Chile had to relinquish its right to host the recently completed Pan American Games because of financial problems. Morocco, if chosen, would become the first World Cup host outside of the Americas or Europe. Brazil, meantime, hosted the 1950 World Cup, has won the championship three times and is the native country of FIFA President Joao Havelange.

However, because "there is a strong desire on the part of most people in FIFA for the World Cup to come to the United States," Fricker said, "I think we are the favorite."

"The United States is not viewed by FIFA as a major soccer country," Fricker said. "As some people have said, it is a white spot on the football {soccer} map of the world and {FIFA} would very much like to see the development that has taken place with soccer in the United States since the early '70s go all the way, for {the United States} to become a country that is competitive at the highest level of world soccer."

Several other factors are expected to further the United States' chances, including its success in hosting the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, the attendance at Olympic soccer matches (1.4 million overall and more than 100,000 for the final) and the support U.S.-based companies that traditionally use international soccer as an advertising vehicle already have given to the USSF's bid.

"If I'm a company that supports the World Cup and has done so several times around, I'd like to see it go to the best marketplace in the world," said Fricker, who was instrumental in obtaining contributions from Coca-Cola USA, Gillette Co. and Union Pacific Corp. that helped to defray the $500,000 cost of compiling the bid.

Although the United States may have the best marketplace in the world, it does not even begin to have the best soccer players in the world. And because the host nation automatically becomes one of the World Cup's final 24 teams, there is concern about the United States' ability to field a team worthy of that position.

The USSF has lined up corporate sponsors for an improved and accelerated national team development program and is planning on the establishment of a national professional league of some kind by the early 1990s.

"I expect better performances," said Fricker, "and there will be better performances. But being granted the World Cup will give us momentum and it will give us a goal."