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RockChalkTiger
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2026 US WC Stadiums—June 16

FIFA Announcement-ESPN
Winners:
Boston
New York
Philadelphia
Atlanta
Miami
Kansas City
Dallas
Houston
Seattle
San Francisco
Los Angeles

My predictions:
New York
Los Angeles
Atlanta
DFW
Baltimore/DC
Boston
Denver
SanFran/Bay Area
Seattle
Miami

And reasons for non-selects:
Cincy-too remote from other sites
Houston-too close to Dallas, too hot
Kansas City-inaccessible stadium
Nashville-would be #11, soccer still growing
Orlando-too close to Miami
Philly—too close to NY & Baltimore
This post was edited on 6/16 at 5:01 pm


OldmanBeasley
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Boston would be sick although Foxborough is kind of a bitch to get to


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Broski
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Houston-too close to Dallas, too hot



Counterpoint for Houston over Dallas is that Houston is closer to Mexico, so it could act as a pseudo 4th Mexico host site.

But yeah, only one of Houston/Dallas will be taken.

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Cincy-too remote from other sites



I'm like 99.99998% sure Cincy gets a bid, especially with Chicago not in the mix.


Alyosha
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San Diego?


TheJunction
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Mississippi
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Really hoping Nashville gets a spot. I’m not to familiar with the setup — how many games would the US be guaranteed for the group stages? Is it three? And from the group stage you move into the knockout rounds?


RockChalkTiger
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Cincy gets a bid

Personally I hope Cincy gets in, as that would make three drivable sites, but I think they will count Toronto as “Midwest.”


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RemouladeSawce
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Overall looks about right
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Counterpoint for Houston over Dallas is that Houston is closer to Mexico, so it could act as a pseudo 4th Mexico host site.
Reliant’s hardly a dump but you can’t not have Jerryworld host games. Mexico isn’t playing in the US so I don’t know why they would need a 4th site.
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I'm like 99.99998% sure Cincy gets a bid, especially with Chicago not in the mix.
Ohio may be an important state for the USMNT but it and KC stick out on the tourist end (which like it or not will have a lot to do with final selections). Plus they have to know Mike Brown won’t be dropping a dime to make it a memorable experience.
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RemouladeSawce
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how many games would the US be guaranteed for the group stages? Is it three?
2 under the new format


TheJunction
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Only 2 games for the group stage?


RockChalkTiger
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16 groups of three, so only two group games. Top two advance, so knockout round starts with 32 instead of 16. Basically, every site would get a knockout game.


cwil177
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So dumb for all the non host teams to go through all that qualifying for only two World Cup games.


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MetArl15
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Member since Apr 2007
8088 posts

LA bid with both SoFi and the Rose Bowl. Hoping it’s the former that gets chosen, though I understand the allure of returning to the site of the ‘94 final.


RockChalkTiger
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Double Mountain, AL
Member since May 2009
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I’d rather have historic, grass, outdoor stadiums than slick new indoor stadiums with temporary grass laid over the turf. ‘94 in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas was epic!


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RockChalkTiger
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I missed DC & Denver. Guess “soccer culture” trumped a lot of other factors, with Philly and KC beating those two out. You could also say they chose Houston over Edmonton for similar reasons.
This post was edited on 6/16 at 4:58 pm


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