It’s still disappointing to think about the fashion in which the United States men’s national team missed out on the 2018 World Cup. But even though we won’t heading to Russia this year, US Soccer and American fans of the game received some awesome news today.
Following a joint bid from the United States, Mexico, and Canada, FIFA has awarded the 2026 World Cup to the three-country combo — the first-ever of its kind in the tournament’s history.
CONFIRMED— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) June 13, 2018
134 votes for @United2026
65 votes for @Morocco2026_EN
1 vote for ‘None of the bids’
2026 @FIFAWorldCup will be hosted by @united2026 ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/FB2mkmcj29
But that’s not all!
After being originally reported on a few months ago, it has been confirmed that MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey will host the 2026 World Cup final. MetLife — currently home to both the New York Giants and New York Jets — has a listed capacity of 82,500, the highest in the NFL in terms of actual seating. At max capacity, the stadium can fit just under 90,000 people, making it the ideal setting for a game as epic as a World Cup final.
It could also play a huge part in boosting the profiles of our local favorites New York City FC, as well as the rival New York Red Bulls.
I am having a hard time putting my feelings about this into words. But luckily for me, Alexi Lalas and Fernando Fiore already did it for me.
CHILLS.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 13, 2018
The raw reactions from @RobStoneonFOX, @AlexiLalas and @FernandoFiore to the #United2026 bid winning the 2026 FIFA #WorldCup hosting rights. pic.twitter.com/jeFK8Kxx6M
We still have 8 years to go, but it’ll be worth the wait. Congrats to everyone involved!