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Around The Forest: Host Cities make their bid for the 2026 World Cup

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Chara and Valeri leading the way, Coutinho still not in the squad, LAFC drop more renderings and more!

Portland:

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For the last time this season, the Portland Timbers will head to the East Coast as the club will take on New York City FC on Saturday at Yankee Stadium (2:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).

Union transfer news, MLS Week 23 preview, and another bid joins the race for the 2026 World Cup: Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/12/17

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Match day links

Philadelphia Union News

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact
After one of their best wins of 2017, the Union face the Impact in a match with huge playoff implications.

The Union's transfer window passiveness was probably the right course of action
Which pairing would you rather have; a $394,000 Roland Alberg and a $518,000 Ilsinho, or a $65,000 Anthony Fontana and a $850,000 designated player?

What MLS can learn from Liga MX: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 29, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Revelations about how FOX and Telemundo got the 2026 World Cup rights,

• Preview of this weekend’s Champions League coverage from FOX,

• Which streaming service is offering a free Amazon Fire TV stick for signing up,

• What MLS can learn from Liga MX,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

MLS recaps, North American 2026 World Cup bid news: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/9/17

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Enjoy today's links.

Philadelphia Union News

Sapong's hat-trick the third in Union history
CJ Sapong had a historic night for the Union, when he netted his first career hat-trick in a 3-0 win against New York Red Bulls.

A showcase of Major League Soccer stars shows how much the Union still need to improve
For as well as C.

D.C. United wins, the 2026 World Cup may have 3 hosts, and more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, a former D.C. player likes snowballs.

Hi, hopefully the warmer weather is treating you well.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over New York City FC from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo. Hudson River Blue has the enemy's side.

United States will bid for 2026 World Cup alongside Mexico and Canada (SB Nation): A 48 team, 3 country World Cup?

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41 cities across North America bid for to serve as host cities for 2026 World Cup

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The united North American trio bid is starting to take shape.

On Thursday, 41 cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada officially submitted bids to serve as Official Host Cities for the North American pending bid of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Of which, the United Bid Committee (UBC) will trim down to shortlist of cities later this fall.

Morocco officially submit 2026 World Cup bid

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August 11 was the deadline for any competing bids to arrive at FIFA for 2026 World Cup hosting rights, and one country has decided to throw their hat in the ring against a unified North America.

Early on Friday morning, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation officially submitted their bid to FIFA in competition with the joint U.

Chile federation president considering joint bid to host 2026 World Cup

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The joint bid presented by the U.S., Mexico and Canada may not be the only big-time contender to host the 2026 World Cup.

Speaking in Russia at the Confederations Cup, Chile federation president Arturo Salah said the country willconsider bidding to host the 2026 World Cup as part of a joint bid with other South American countries.

FIFA decides on 2026 World Cup bidding proposal, allocation

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The FIFA Council announced the proposal bidding process for the 2026 World Cup and the allocation of places as part of their preparations for the 67th FIFA Congress. The Congress is set for Thursday in Bahrain. The FIFA Council will propose the following guidelines for the 2026 World Cup bidding process, requiring ratification by the Congress on Thursday.

FIFA rejects exclusivity for U.S., Canada, Mexico World Cup bid

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The joint 2026 World Cup bid from the U.S., Canada and Mexico remains the favorite to earn hosting rights, but the North American countries experienced a minor hurdle on Tuesday afternoon.

At Tuesday's FIFA Council meeting, it was decided that other nations would be given until August to bid on the right to host the 2026 World Cup.

Arena believes USMNT can start "talking about winning a World Cup" by 2026

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Bruce Arena is the first to admit that there's work to be done in the present as the U.S. Men's National Team looks to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. However, given all of the recent headlines, the USMNT head coach is looking ahead a bit to what could be a defining moment in U.S. Soccer.

On Monday, the United States, Mexico and Canada announced that the three have submitted a bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Report: Joint 2026 World Cup bid could be fasttracked

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On the heels of the announcement of the joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, news came out that the trio of North American countries may be seeking an early stamp of approval from the FIFA Congress.

According to ESPN, CONCACAF is preparing a proposal that would expedite the process, giving the North American hosts a noncompetitive window to prove everything is in place already in all three countries for the prestigious sporting event to take place across the continent.

UEFA president: U.S. travel ban would harm potential World Cup bid

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The United States remains a candidate to host the 2026 World Cup but, according to a top FIFA official, a recent political development could have a negative impact on the country's chances of securing the right to house the world's biggest tournament.

UEFA presidentAleksander Ceferin says that U.

Infantino: 2026 World Cup could be joint-hosted by up to 'four countries'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made no secret his desire for a massively expanded World Cup, including hosting duties being shared by as many as four countries.

Infantino, who championed the now expanded 48-team World Cup starting in 2026, has stated that not only is he comfortable with the concept of a joint-hosted World Cup, but envisions as many as four countries joining their efforts to host at once.

Gulati says no decisions made on 2026 World Cup, joint bid with Mexico

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Votingfor the 2026 World Cup is still several years away, and Sunil Gulati says that U.S. Soccer remains unsure of how, and if, the federation will present themselves as potential hosts.

According to a recent ESPN report, John Motta, a U.S. Soccer board member, says the federation has been considering a joint bid with Mexico for the 2026 tournament, which will see the host nation determined in May 2020.

Report: Mexico finalizing 2026 World Cup bid

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If the United States does officially submit a bid for hosting rights tothe 2026 World Cup, it might very well have to do battle withits most bitter rival.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) is putting the finishing touches ona bid to host that year's World Cup, according to a report from Mexico outlet Record.

FIFA to consider a proposal to expand 2026 World Cup to 40 teams

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FIFA is considering expanding the World Cup from 32 teams to 40 in 2026 and will discuss the proposal at a future meeting, with support particularly strong among Asian and African representatives. No formal agreement on the matter was reached at FIFA's Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, but ExCo member Wolfgang Niersbach said it will be discussed at a later date:

"No decision was taken on expanding the World Cup to 40 teams from 2026.

FIFA to consider a proposal to expand 2026 World Cup to 40 teams

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FIFA is considering expanding the World Cup from 32 teams to 40 in 2026 and will discuss the proposal at a future meeting, with support particularly strong among Asian and African representatives. No formal agreement on the matter was reached at FIFA's Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, but ExCo member Wolfgang Niersbach said it will be discussed at a later date:

"No decision was taken on expanding the World Cup to 40 teams from 2026.

Macclesfield Town Bid To Host 2026 World Cup – Offer Beer, Meat Pies And Free WIFI At Local Library

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By Chris Wright

Conference side Macclesfield Town have launched their bid to host the 2026 World Cup on the basis that it'stime FIFA gave the duties to a "sensible bidder".

It's not just flim-flam either, as the club have put together an in-depth itinerary of the tournament schedule, includingstadia, training facilities, climate information, media facilities, accommodation, and transport details.

CONCACAF working to land 2026 World Cup

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Having seen the United States lose out on hosting the 2022 World Cup, CONCACAF has set its sights on landing the 2026 edition of the tournament.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb told reporters Tuesday that he believes it is only fair that a nation from his region is given the 2026 World Cup after missing out on a chance to host the upcoming tournaments in 2018 and 2022 because of FIFA's decision to do away with its rotational policy.

NTR: Mexico to bid for 2026 World Cup

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NTR: Mexico to bid for 2026 World Cup

Like Canada, it appears Mexico is also gearing up to bid for the 2026 World Cup. If they get it, Mexico would become the first nation to be awarded the games three times after having hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986.

Would you support a Mexican World Cup bid?

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Moggio: 2026 World Cup in North America can showcase 'unified region'

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Apr 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montaglian, left United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, center and, Mexican Football Federation president Decio de Maria, center hold the agreement at a press conference at World Trade Center. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

For CONCACAF secretary generalPhilippe Moggio, the proposed 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico, and Canada can showcase a "diversified, unified region.

Gulati: U.S, Mexico, Canada 'prepared' for World Cup bidding process in wake of Morocco competition

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On FIFA's deadline for competing bids, North America has moved one step closer to hosting the 2026 World Cup, even if there is a new competitor in the fold.

As expected, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced their official bid to formally going the competition of hosting the 2026 World Cup on American, Mexican and Canadian soil.

Kraft Named Honorary Chair of 2026 WC Bid Group

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Revolution owner/investor Robert Kraft was named the Honorary Chairman of the Board for the United Bid Committee of Canada, Mexico and the United States that will oversee the bidding process to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to North America on Tuesday.

Kraft, who secured Foxboro Stadium as one of the nine host venues for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, was one of the first investors in MLS with the Revolution's inception in 1995.

Garcia fallout and the 2026 World Cup

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With little on the field to get excited about, my thoughts turn to football politics.

The Michael Garcia report on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup awarding decisions has finally been published, but sadly did not provide enough ammunition to charge Russia and Qatar or strip them of their World Cup hosting.

The State of Canadian Soccer Defectors

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By Jared Mercer

Jonathan De Guzman representing the Netherlands under-20s

Halfway through the World Cup Qualifying campaign this year for Canada in the CONCACAF region has brought about the usual divisions amongst Canadians regarding the state of soccer in Canada.

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Morocco to bid for 2026 World Cup – Federation

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Rabat (AFP) – Morocco’s football federation (FRMF) announced on Friday it had told the sport’s world governing body FIFA it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

It would be Morocco’s fifth candidacy having come up short already in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

In April, the United States, Canada and Mexico had already announced a joint North American bid to host the tournament.

US, Mexico, Canada in joint bid for 2026 World Cup

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New York (AFP) – The United States, Mexico and Canada announced a joint bid to stage the 2026 World Cup on Monday, aiming to become the first three-way co-hosts in the history of FIFA’s showpiece tournament.

The bid was announced at a press conference in New York attended by the head of CONCACAF, Victor Montagliani along with US Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati and Mexico counterpart Decio de Maria.

CAF chief Ahmad backs Morocco 2026 World Cup bid

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Rabat (AFP) – New African football chief Ahmad Ahmad gave his backing on Tuesday to a potential bid from Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.

The north African country has bid to host the global showpiece on four previous occasions but missed out on the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

CAF chief Ahmad backs Morocco 2026 World Cup bid

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Rabat (AFP) – New African football chief Ahmad Ahmad gave his backing on Tuesday to a potential bid from Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.

The north African country has bid to host the global showpiece on four previous occasions but missed out on the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 editions.

Trump ban could hit World Cup bid: FIFA chief

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London (AFP) – American President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban could make it impossible for his country to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino warned on Thursday.

The United States is the favourite to stage the expanded 48-team tournament in 2026, either on its own or as part of a joint-bid with neighbours Mexico and Canada.

Trump ban could hit World Cup bid: FIFA chief

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London (AFP) – American President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban could make it impossible for his country to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino warned on Thursday.

The United States is the favourite to stage the expanded 48-team tournament in 2026, either on its own or as part of a joint-bid with neighbours Mexico and Canada.

Trump vote won’t affect US World Cup bid decision

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Columbus (AFP) The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States would not impact any decision the country may make to bid for the 2026 World Cup, US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said on Friday.

The US is considered favourite to host the tournament with the bidding process expected to get under way next year.

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FIFA announces rules for 2026 World Cup hosting bid process

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With the 2018 and 2022 World Cups firmly set for Russia and Qatar, 2026 is the next target for potential hosts, andthe chances of a USA World Cup received a big boost from the new guidelines set out for FIFA's new bid process.

The FIFA Council held meetings in Switzerland this week, and chief among the subjects covered was the process and guidelines that will determine the host the 2026 World Cup, guidelineswhich appear tobe very favorable for a U.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ranieri, 2026 World Cup, Liga MX and more

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One of the game's most popular managers is set to receive a contract extension amid international interest, while the future of the World Cup will be decided in October.

Leicester City isset to offer Claudio Ranieri a new contract, whileItalian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio wouldlike to see the current Foxes manager lead the Italian national team.

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2026 World Cup potential venues include Washington and Baltimore

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The 2026 World Cup might be coming to the DMV

US Soccer announced today the first round of cities and stadia being surveyed for potential inclusion in the 2026 World Cup bid; if the cities respond to US Soccer's Request for Information, they will be included in the evaluation process as the US, Canada, and Mexico work towards submitting their joint bid.

2026 World Cup bid process revealed, Lionel Messi’s sick jersey collection, & more: Freedom Kicks for May 10, 2017

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The USA/Mexico/Canada joint bid hits a slight snag in today's Freedom Kicks.

Top of the morning folks! I'm back on the Freedom Kicks after a lengthy trip to Australia and Singapore. I'm back on Eastern time, somewhat caught up on rest and back in the saddle. In Europe, we have the 2nd Champions League semifinal between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Some Soccer News for Apr 10, 2017

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It's Day 100 of 2017.


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Major Link Soccer: The end of the international friendly?

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New CONCACAF league would fill up the calendar with intra-confederation play. Also, the North American countries are banding together for a World Cup super-bid. Finally, one man's simple quest for nuggets of chicken.

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CONCACAF seems to be very close to adopting a League of Nations format similar to what UEFA has done, and it will dramatically change friendly competition to being almost exclusively in-confederation.

Gulati: U.S. 2026 World Cup bid 'secondary' to immigration ban

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Though confirming the potential for a 2026 U.S. World Cup bid was still in discussion and not yet decided, USSF president Sunil Gulati stated that any bid concerns were 'secondary' to the Trump administration's current immigration ban.

Among the myriad concerns originating from the immigration ban from several predominantly Muslim countries, a potential U.