Monday, July 6, 2020

World Cup '26 US host hopefuls start work after virus delay

US cities bidding to host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches will take part in a coronavirus-delayed virtual candidate workshop Tuesday with 17 hopefuls chasing 10 places in the event lineup.

No deadline is set for selection of the US venues of the event, to be co-hosted by Canada and Mexico, after pandemic delays in the bid analysis process, including the wipeout of a planned March workshop in Dallas.
US candidates include Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, Boston, Baltimore, New York/New Jersey, Cincinnati, Denver, Seattle, Philadelphia, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Chicago, host of the 1994 World Cup's opening game, has not made the cut of US cities.
Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton in Canada and Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey in Mexico appear set in the other host nations.
FIFA chief tournaments and events officer Colin Smith gave no timetable for when the list might be trimmed, hopeful of starting stadium and site tours in late 2020 but knowing the deadly virus could impact that effort.

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