Denver’s in the running for the 2026 World Cup

Christian Pulisic. reaches to fans as he exits the field. The U.S. men's national soccer team vs Trinidad and Tobago, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, June 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Christian Pulisic. reaches to fans as he exits the field. The U.S. men's national soccer team vs Trinidad and Tobago, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, June 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) soccer; fifa; world cup; sports; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
Christian Pulisic at the U.S. men’s national soccer team match against Trinidad and Tobago, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, June 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Mexico, the United States and Canada are hoping to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, spreading soccer matches across the continent.

This week, the United Bid Committee announced that Denver is among the 32 cities that could host soccer matches if North America is selected.

So far, nine cities have been eliminated from the list. Representatives from the remaining candidate cities “will meet with UBC officials next month in Houston as work on the bid and the required documents continues,” according to Sports Illustrated.

It’s not clear how many different cities the planners ultimately plan to use. Sunil Gulati, the bid committee chairman, said that they have “more than double the number of cities required to stage matches in 2026,” as SI reported.

Deadspin reports that there will likely be 16 to 18 host cities, so there may be some more cuts to come.

Of course, none of this matters if North America isn’t actually chosen to host the 2026 Cup, which will for the first time feature 48 teams instead of the usual 32 teams.

 

Andrew Kenney

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