U.S. Soccer got a much needed shot in the arm as FIFA awarded the 2026 Men’s World Cup to the United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States, which soundly defeated a rival bid from Morocco to host the tournament.
The vote, announced just prior to the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, marks the first time three nations have been selected to host a World Cup. It will also be the first time in 32 years that the tournament will be played in North America.
While the three nations teamed in the united bid the U.S. will host a majority of the 80 matches that will be held during the 2026 event, which will be the first World Cup with a 48 team field. The New York Metropolitan Area is expected to play a major role in the tournament with Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on the short list of stadiums to host matches.
The news was also a shot in the arm for U.S. Soccer as it continues working to rebuild the men’s program after the team failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup.
Not surprisingly, the Long Island soccer community reacted with excitement to the news, with many taking to Twitter.
Massapequa Soccer Club…
— Massapequa SC (@MassapequaSC) June 13, 2018
Northport native Allie Long of NWSL’s Seattle Reign and U.S. Women’s National Team…
This is THE BEST news ever. https://t.co/2cMr3ijHT8
— Allie Long (@ALLIE_LONG) June 13, 2018
Long Island Rough Riders…
— Long Island Rough Riders ⚽ (@LIRoughRiders) June 13, 2018
Babylon native Chris Wingert of the New York Cosmos…
Hard to get excited about something that’s 8 years away… unless it’s the WORLD CUP!!! Absolutely buzzin right now ?????⚽??
— Chris Wingert (@wingert17) June 13, 2018
Hicksville native Tim Parker of New York Red Bulls…
— Tim Parker (@Tim_Parker26) June 13, 2018
Lindenhurst native Claudia Cagnina of St. John’s University Women’s Soccer Team…
SO EXCITED!!! OMMMGGGG https://t.co/5R4AQQlKQE
— clauud (@claudiacagnina) June 13, 2018