The United Bid group announced 23 cities as finalists to host matches should the United States, Canada, and Mexico defeat Morocco and win the right to host the 2026 World Cup.
Chicago and Vancouver were reported as departing the bid earlier Thursday.
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Seventeen of the 23 cities are in the United States: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nasvhille, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Washington, D.C.
Mexico has put up three sites: Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey, while Canada still has a trio after Vancouver’s exit: Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton in the running.
Here’s the sales pitch (which is pretty appealing):
“Canada, Mexico, and the United States have joined together to deliver a United Bid that offers FIFA and its member associations the power of unity, the promise of certainty, and the potential of extraordinary opportunity,” said John Kristick, Executive Director of the United Bid. “We are confident that the combination of our 23 existing world-class stadiums, 150 existing elite training facilities, and our modern and interconnected transportation network can help FIFA to achieve new records for attendance and revenue, which will allow the entire global football community to improve and grow.”