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World Cup 2026 bid releases list of potential host cities


With the 2026 World Cup bid a joint one between the USA, Mexico and Canada, they won’t be short of host cities and stadiums to play the games.

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On Tuesday a statement was released detailing the 49 venues those behind the bid want to consider as host venues for the expanded 48-team World Cup.

If the cities and venues mentioned below submit their interest in hosting games then it will be considered.

A further shortlist is expected in September.

Via the statement, below is a list of the venues which will now come under consideration as the bid team prepare to finalize their plan to FIFA.

United States (34 cities, 37 stadiums)

Atlanta, GA: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 75,000

Baltimore, MD: M&T Bank Stadium, 71,008

Birmingham, AL: Legion Field, 71,594

Boston, MA (Foxborough, MA): Gillette Stadium, 65,892

Charlotte, NC: Bank of America Stadium, 75,400

Chicago, IL: Soldier Field, 61,500

Cincinnati, OH: Paul Brown Stadium, 65,515

Cleveland, OH: FirstEnergy Stadium, 68,710

Dallas, TX: Cotton Bowl, 92,100

Dallas, TX (Arlington, TX): AT&T Stadium, 105,000

Denver, CO: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 76,125

Detroit, MI: Ford Field, 65,000

Green Bay, WI: Lambeau Field, 81,441

Houston, TX: NRG Stadium, 71,500

Indianapolis, IN: Lucas Oil Stadium, 65,700

Jacksonville, FL: EverBank Field, 64,000

Kansas City, MO: Arrowhead Stadium, 76,416

Las Vegas, NV: Raiders Stadium, 72,000

Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 78,500

Los Angeles, CA (Inglewood, CA): LA Stadium at Hollywood Park, TBD

Los Angeles, CA (Pasadena, CA): Rose Bowl, 87,527

Miami, FL: Hard Rock Stadium, 65,767

Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Bank Stadium, 63,000

Nashville, TN: Nissan Stadium, 69,143

New Orleans, LA: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 72,000

New York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, NJ): MetLife Stadium, 82,500

Orlando, FL: Camping World Stadium, 65,000

Philadelphia, PA: Lincoln Financial Field, 69,328

Phoenix, AZ (Glendale, AZ): University of Phoenix Stadium, 73,000

Pittsburgh, PA: Heinz Field, 68,400

Salt Lake City, UT: Rice-Eccles Stadium, 45,807

San Antonio, TX: Alamodome, 72,000

San Diego, CA: Qualcomm Stadium, 71,500

San Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara, CA): Levi’s Stadium, 75,000

Seattle, WA: CenturyLink Field, 69,000

Tampa, FL: Raymond James Stadium, 73,309

Washington, DC (Landover, MD): FedEx Field, 82,000

Canada (7 cities, 9 stadiums)

Calgary, Alberta: McMahon Stadium, 35,650

Edmonton, Alberta: Commonwealth Stadium, 56,335

Montrral, Quebec: Stade Olympique, 61,004

Montreal, Qubec: Stade Saputo, 20,801

Ottawa, Ontario: TD Place Stadium, 24,341

Regina, Saskatchewan: Mosaic Stadium, 30,048

Toronto, Ontario: Rogers Centre, 53,506

Toronto, Ontario: BMO Field, 28,026

Vancouver, British Columbia: BC Place, 55,165

Mexico (3 cities, 3 stadiums)

Guadalajara, Jalisco: Estadio Chivas, 45,364

Mexico City: Estadio Azteca, 87,000

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon: Estadio Rayados, 52,237

Report: Orlando’s Justin Meram could be traded back to Columbus

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A former Columbus Crew midfielder could be on his way back to the Eastern Conference side.

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Several reports have suggested that Orlando City’s Justin Meram could be on his way back to Columbus, as the Lions look to trade the midfielder back to the club that drafted the 29-year-old.

The veteran attacker joined the Lions back in January in a trade after spending seven seasons with the Crew.

Reliable Twitter account MLS Transfers first reported the story on Sunday, also naming the Portland Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Cincinnati as potential landing spots for Meram.

Meram was traded to Orlando back in January after requesting a move away from Columbus due to ongoing talks of the club being relocated out of Ohio.

The Iraq international has struggled in his first season with Orlando, scoring just one goal in 17 appearances for the club — who currently sit in ninth place and six points outside of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Three Eastern Conference sides on record-setting pace

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2017 saw Toronto FC dominate the MLS regular season before going on to hoist the club’s first MLS Cup in club history.

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Fast forward to this season, and three more Eastern Conference sides are poised to break barriers as they continue a near record-setting pace.

Atlanta United, New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls have created a sizable gap over the rest of the East with nearly one-third of the season remaining.

Toronto’s 69-point regular season total a year ago looked like a record that wouldn’t be touched for some time, however, the current trio of dominating forces in the East are all on pace to finish 2018 with 68 points.

Atlanta, NYCFC and the Red Bulls are all averaging two points per game, while Toronto averaged slightly above that total (2.03 ppg) during their MLS Cup-winning run.

The Red Bulls and NYCFC, in particular, could be in line to follow in the footsteps of last season’s Toronto FC.

Manager Chris Armas and the Red Bulls play 10 of their final games against teams outside the current playoff lines in their respective conferences, while Atlanta and NYCFC face five and four playoff teams, respectively.

Here’s a look at how the three teams will finish up the 2018 regular season:

Atlanta United (12 matches)

Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, Columbus Crew, Orlando City, D.C. United, Colorado Rapids, San Jose Earthquakes, Real Salt Lake, New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution, Chicago Fire, Toronto FC

New York City FC (14 matches)

Orlando City, Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union, New York Red Bulls, Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, Chicago Fire, Minnesota United, D.C. United, Philadelphia Union

New York Red Bulls (15 matches)

D.C. United, Columbus Crew, Los Angeles FC, Chicago Fire, Vancouver Whitecaps, New York City FC, D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, Montreal Impact, D.C. United, Toronto FC, Atlanta United, San Jose Earthquakes, Philadelphia Union, Orlando City

Mesut Ozil discusses critique of Turkish background

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Germany’s dismissal from the World Cup came as a shock to many, but one of its players received heavier scrutiny for off-the-field actions.

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil appeared in two of the three group stage matches for the Germans in Russia, however, his play was overshadowed by his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan prior to the start of the tournament.

The meeting between the two caused several German media outlets to criticize Ozil due to the heated relations between the two European nations.

Additionally, Ozil says his brand was affected as well, with various sponsors pulling their support due to the meeting with Erdogan.

The 29-year-old is of Turkish and German descent, which would have made him eligible to represent either country.

Ozil took to Twitter on Sunday to discuss how the ordeal has affected how the media and sponsorship has affected him over the last month.

Barcelona, Sevilla to play Spanish Super Cup in Morocco

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La Liga champions Barcelona will meet Sevilla in the 2018 Spanish Super Cup in Tangier, Morocco on August 12.

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The Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) announced the decision on Sunday, as Barca looks to kick off the 2018 season against last year’s Copa Del Rey runners’ up.

Lionel Messi and Co. defeated Sevilla, 5-0, in the 2017/18 Copa Del Rey final, giving the Blaugrana a domestic double for the first time since the 2015/16 campaign.

La Liga play opens up in Spain on August 19, however, the full fixture list will be revealed on Tuesday.