The city has a chance to host warm-up friendly matches and perhaps other events ahead of the global soccer competition, which returns to the United States for the first time since 1994.
But I would like everyone to think of other reasons, to think of South Africa, where the World Cup starts next month, and a young girl called Nothemba, to think of Eddie from Manchester and Kadra from west London. But to ensure the point is moot, Jones said the US must reach underserved communities to find talent, develop teens such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and the Red Bulls' Tyler Adams and bring soccer passion to the public. Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are in the running to be among the 16 host cities.
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"We know that Federation Internationale de Football Association remembers that so I think that puts us in a really good position", he said. The 1994 World Cup ― which Brazil won in front of 94,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California ― also led to the creation of Major League Soccer, the American professional league that began play in 1996. Any warm-up matches would likely occur in late May or early June 2026, though the tournament dates have yet to be confirmed. Football is known as soccer in the United States.
For the first time in more than 30 years, the USA men's national soccer team will not compete, after failing to qualify.
It's unclear at the moment how travel will shake out and how far teams will have to travel for matches.
This is mainly because from when the venue first opened in 1978 and right up to 2009, Commonwealth Stadium - now known as The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium - was a natural-grass location, making it an ideal fit for Canadian national team games and worldwide tournaments. Such a determination may not occur until at least late 2025, once teams qualify and learn their opening-round assignments. 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.
Under current rules, each base camp must include a hotel and nearby training facilities.
It marks the first time the World Cup will be held in more than one country since 2002, when South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties.
"This shouldn't be a geopolitical discussion or decision", U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said this week, according to the Los Angeles Times.