Yahoo Sports reported that the 17 cities on the shortlist for the 10 U.S. venues seeking to host
matches at the 2026 World Cup co-hosted by the USA, Canada and Mexico have been given the outline of the selection process in a letter from U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.
Among the key points:
-- Former U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn, a 1994 World Cup venue officer in Chicago, will lead the process.
-- A workshop outlining the process and criteria will be held in February.
-- An inspection team will visit the stadiums twice in 2020 from March to November.
-- FIFA has the final say in the venue choices, which will be made in 2021.
A total of 16 cities are expected to be selected as World Cup 2026 venues. The expected breakdown is three cities in Canada (Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto), three in Mexico (Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey) and 10 in the United States.
The 17 U.S. cities in the mix:
Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium)
Boston (Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA)
New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ)
Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)
Washington, D.C. (FedExField in Landover, MD)
Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
Miami (Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL)
Orlando (Camping World Stadium)
Nashville (Nissan Stadium)
Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium)
Denver (Empower Field at Mile High)
Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium)
Dallas (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX)
Houston (HRG Stadium)
Los Angeles (Rose Bowl in Pasadena and SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA)
San Francisco (Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA)
Seattle (CenturyLink Field)