2026 World Cup: USMNT could benefit from lack of group stage travel

2026 World Cup: USMNT could benefit from lack of group stage travel

Feb 05, 2024 by Fox Sports

Key Facts

  • The 2026 FIFA World Cup is still more than two years away, but the United States men's national team (along with fellow tournament co-hosts Canada and Mexico) learned on Sunday the cities in which it will play during the group stage of the 48-team event, with FIFA announcing the 104-match schedule.
  • "We would have been happy at any of the venues, because we know the home support is going to be incredible in this World Cup," USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter said on a Zoom call with reporters shortly after the plan was announced.
  • The U.S. squad is likely to be based in Southern California for the entire first round, Berhalter said, jetting up to Seattle after the opener and then returning for the group finale.
  • The last time the U.S. hosted a World Cup, in 1994, FIFA was criticized for forcing teams to crisscross the continent unnecessarily.

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