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Soccer: U.S., Canada, Mexico trim World Cup bid host cities to 32
October 4, 2017 / 9:10 PM / 2 months ago

Soccer: U.S., Canada, Mexico trim World Cup bid host cities to 32

(Reuters) - A joint bid for the 2026 World Cup from the United States, Canada and Mexico unveiled a list of 32 potential host cities on Wednesday as the United Bid Committee moved onto the next stage of the process.

March 24, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati speaks during the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction ceremony before the Men's World Cup Soccer Qualifier at Avaya Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The United States has the most potential host venues with 25 followed by Canada with four and Mexico three.

The United Bid Committee said it had received applications from 41 cities and narrowed the list following a comprehensive review of the communities and facilities.

“As we move to the next stage of the bid process, we’re even more confident we have everything needed to deliver the largest, most compelling FIFA World Cup in history and help accelerate the growth of soccer across North America and around the world,” said United Bid Chairman Sunil Gulati in a statement.

”We have a vision for growing the game and engaging fans as never before.

“Our biggest challenge will be finding ways to honor the enthusiasm of all the people across Canada, Mexico and the United States through the development of our united hosting concept.”

The 2026 World Cup will be expanded to a 48-team format requiring an increase in first class venues and training facilities.

If the United Bid is selected by FIFA as the host at least 12 cities will be selected as venues for games.

Morocco is the only bid running against the joint proposal from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, is scheduled to vote on the 2026 host at their 2018 Congress in Moscow.

United States (25)

Atlanta, Georgia Miami, Florida

Baltimore, Maryland Minneapolis, Minnesota

Boston, Massachusetts Nashville, Tennessee

Charlotte, North Carolina New York/New Jersey

Cincinnati, Ohio Orlando, Florida

Chicago, Illinois Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dallas, Texas Phoenix, Arizona

Denver, Colorado Salt Lake City, Utah

Detroit, Michigan San Francisco Bay Area

Houston, Texas Seattle, Washington

Kansas City, Missouri Tampa, Florida

Las Vegas, Nevada Washington, DC

Los Angeles, California

Canada (4)

Edmonton, Alberta

Montréal, Quebec

Toronto, Ontario

Vancouver, British Columbia

Mexico (3)

Guadalajara, Jalisco

Mexico City, Mexico

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Toby Davis

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