Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Mbappé in Miami? Pulisic in Philly? Which US cities will host the 2026 World Cup?

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Mexico and Canada’s hosts are already set for the tournament. But 17 US cities are still battling for the right to host fans from around the world

The US men’s team kicks off a busy summer of games on home soil with a Concacaf Nations League tie against Honduras in Denver on 3 June. But there’s action off the pitch, too, as the contest intensifies between cities vying to host 2026 World Cup fixtures.

The hope is that international borders will open to allow Fifa to conduct in-person inspections in the summer or early autumn, with the 37-member Fifa council set to decide the winners at the end of this year after input from the three countries’ football associations.

“We’re all in the same boat here,” said Chris Canetti, president of the Houston 2026 bid committee. “The pandemic has created a challenge where everything’s had to be done virtually and Fifa has not been able to make site visits into the markets to visit the stadiums or drive through the cities. I think we’ve all been placed at an equal disadvantage.”

As things stand . . .

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