MetLife gets '26 WC final, USMNT kicks off in L.A.

MetLife gets '26 WC final, USMNT kicks off in L.A.

Feb 05, 2024 by ESPN

Key Facts

  • The Americans will play all of their group-stage matches on the West Coast, with the next two games in Seattle and back in Los Angeles.
  • The opening match of the tournament -- hosted by the U.S., Mexico and Canada -- will be held in Mexico City, with Mexico playing a yet-to-be determined opponent in its group and the remainder of its matches on home soil.
  • They will be weighted in favor of teams that finish at the top of their group, with second-place finishers having less-forgiving travel requirements and third-place teams having the greatest travel demands.
  • The Rose Bowl also hosted the final that year -- with Brazil topping Italy in a penalty shootout -- and again in 1999 for the Women's World Cup, when the United States beat China, also on penalties.

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