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2026 World Cup to host final at MetLife Stadium

What a glorious day!

Argentina v Chile: Championship - Copa America Centenario Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

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.

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.

We still have 8 years to go, but it’ll be worth the wait. Congrats to everyone involved!