D.C., Baltimore among host city finalists for 2026 World Cup matches

Brian Bilello, Boston 2026 World Cup bid chair and president of the New England Revolution soccer team, faces reporters during a news conference Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Washington, D.C. and Baltimore are among the host city finalists for the 2026 World Cup that will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Both cities are among the 23 finalists across the three countries to be among the 16 host cities for the World Cup.

In the United States, Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle are the other finalists. All seven cuts will come from the U.S. finalists.

Canada’s host cities are Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto and Mexico’s cities are Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey.

As part of the bid, known as United 2026, 60 of the 80 games will be held in the U.S., including the World Cup final which will likely be held at MetLife Stadium outside of New York City.

D.C.’s World Cup games would be held at the Redskins’ FedEx Field, if not a new Redskins stadium that possibly could be built by 2026. RFK Stadium likely will be demolished by then and D.C. United’s Audi Field, set to open on July 14, is too small of a venue for a World Cup match.

Baltimore’s World Cup games would be held at the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium.

The United 2026 bid beat out Morocco in a vote on Wednesday to host the 2026 World Cup.

The 2018 World Cup, held in Russia, begins Thursday. The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar.

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