Orlando advances in push to be a 2026 World Cup host city

The United States Juan Agudelo competes for a ball with a Martinique player during a CONCACAF Gold Cup match in July at Raymond Jame Stadium. Tampa is an early candidate to serve as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

The bid committee's press release Wednesday stated that representatives from all of the cities still in the race will travel to Houston during the week of November 13 for meetings with the United Bid Committee.

Representatives from the 32 potential host cities will next travel to Houston during the week of November 13 for a working session with the United Bid Committee team.

Morocco is the only other country to have submitted a bid.

In a united bid for a 2026 FIFA World Cup, 32 cities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico remain in play to serve as host cities.

All three Mexican bidding cities (Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey) are widely expected to make the final cut. The resulting United Bid Committee released a list of 32 finalists for host cities Wednesday.

Being dropped from the list does not mean a given city is shut out of the World Cup.

United States (25): Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington D.C.

Representatives from the 32 potential host cities will travel to Houston during the week of November 13 for a working session with the United Bid Committee.

The Official Host City selection process looks at things like city profile, stadiums, hotels and transportation when determining what city will be fit to host the World Cup.

The following cities were not selected as host city candidates to be included as part of the United Bid: Birmingham, Ala.; Cleveland, Ohio; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; New Orleans; Ottawa, Ontario; Pittsburgh; Regina, Saskatchewan; and San Antonio. "We have more than double the number of cities required to stage matches in 2026". "We have a vision for growing the game and engaging fans as never before".

Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, an agency of the Maryland Stadium Authority, said in August that M&T Bank Stadium is "an ideal venue for the World Cup", but Baltimore faces competition from other larger Mid-Atlantic cities, such as Washington, Philadelphia and NY.

Stadiums under consideration in the United States include several venues used in the 1994 World Cup, including the Pasadena Rose Bowl.

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