A fan wears a USA Soccer jersey while waiting for the television broadcast announcing the U.S. Host Cities for the FIFA World Cup 2026 during a watch party at The Pitch in Over-The-Rhine on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Fifa World Cup Watch Party

We already knew that the 2026 World Cup would be hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Now we know the specific cities that will host soccer matches.

FIFA announced the 16 host cities on Thursday, spreading them between Canada (two), Mexico (three), and the United States (11).

The Canadian host cities will be Toronto, the nation’s most populous city, and Vancouver, which is the third-largest urban area in the country.

Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara, which are the three largest cities in Mexico, will be host venues as well.

In the United States, the host cities/regions will be Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Kansas City, MO, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, New York City & New Jersey, Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA.

Along with being among the largest cities and metropolitan areas in the U.S., these cities also have strong soccer histories and include many of the MLS franchise hometowns.

The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994. The good news for the three host nations is that they automatically qualify for the tournament, though getting out of the Group Stage is another story.

The news of which cities were chosen as host cities for the 2026 World Cup, and which ones were not, certainly made waves on social media on Thursday.

[CBS Sports]

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