We're hosting the World Cup? That's not a done deal, MetLife says

We're hosting the World Cup? That's not a done deal, MetLife says

World Cup matches won't come to Jacksonville in 2026, but the First Coast could still receive an impact from FIFA's vote Wednesday to award hosting rights to the United Bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Canada, Mexico and the United States each have a proven track record of staging successful FIFA football tournaments, with Mexico hosting the World Cup in 1970 and 1986 and the United States hosting the 1994 finals.

Earlier in the year, there were fears that opposition to President Donald Trump could endanger the US-led bid to host the soccer tournament, but those fears were allayed at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

The North American bid offers up 23 candidate cities with Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal representing Canada.

Toronto's mayor noted that Canada had little chance of hosting the worldwide soccer tournament on its own, but will now reap the benefits resulting from its participation in the joint bid. Major League Soccer is already well established in the country's three biggest cities and will remain instrumental in developing players, with Canada's most promising rising star now featuring prominently on one of its teams.

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"Will the fans need to jump over or take that secret tunnel under wall between United States of America and Mexico in world cup 2026?" a posting by @footballmood asked rhetorically. One-by-one, cities from coast-to-coast started confirming their participation in the fledgling league, with excitement rising after every announcement.

Good news for New England soccer fans: The World Cup will more than likely be played at Gillette Stadium in 2026. Final logistical details such as host city selection and fixture scheduling will ultimately be settled by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Portland was not chosen as one of the finalists to host World Cup matches. Plus, the renovated Hard Rock Stadium looks like it was created to host global soccer.

The city has yet to greenlight a Winter Games bid, but a bid corporation - Calgary 2026 - is up and running as of this week. Two American teenagers will be in the UEFA Champions League next year and youth national teams have been posting significantly improved results the past three years. Levi's Stadium makes sense just from a travel standpoint. Americans may need some convincing-the USA team hasn't made it to the finals-but this is one of the world's most-watched sporting events.

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