Los Angeles makes list of potential 2026 World Cup venues

Philly in, Pittsburgh out as 2026 World Cup bids are cut to 32

The city has been shortlisted by the United Bid Committee, which is coordinating North America's proposal to host.

"We received applications from 41 cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States and narrowed the list after a comprehensive review of each of the communities and facilities", said John Kristick, executive director of the United Bid Committee.

The United Bid Committee will submit the North American proposal in March 2018 and Federation Internationale de Football Association will announce on June 13, 2018 whether they have awarded the 2026 World Cup to North America or Morocco - the only other country bidding for the event.

All three Mexican bidding cities (Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey) are widely expected to make the final cut. Basically, all three countries are teaming up to be one big hosting site for the 2026 World Cup (we imagine that the travel would be grueling for players, but whatever).

The United Bid Committee representing the three nations' joint bid for the event announced Wednesday that nine cities - seven in the U.S., two in Canada - are no longer in the running.

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World Cup matches last were held in MI in 1994, when the Pontiac Silverdome was one of nine host venues from across the United States.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first with a 48-nation field.

Soccer fever came in waves in L.A. during the 1990s, when the Rose Bowl hosted the men's World Cup final in 1994, and the women's World Cup final in 1999. Under the proposed plan, the USA would host 60 of the 80 World Cup matches, with Canada and Mexico each hosting 10.

With the only competition coming from Morocco, the North American bid is the heavy favourite to land the sporting spectacle.

In total, 32 cities in North America are being considered to host World Cup games, with 25 coming from the United States, and three coming from Mexico. NYCFC, one of New York's teams in Major League Soccer, plays at Yankee Stadium, so maybe the idea isn't quite as outlandish as it sound.

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