United Bid Book Delivered to FIFA Today; United Bid Co-Chairmen Available Via Conference Call Monday, March 19
NEW YORK (March 16, 2018) – UNITED, AS ONE, Canada, Mexico and the United States, today delivered the United Bid Book to FIFA at the governing body’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
United Bid Co-chairmen Steven Reed (President, Canada Soccer), Decio De Maria (President, Mexico Football Federation) and Carlos Cordeiro (President, U.S. Soccer Federation) will be available to speak with the media about the United Bid via a conference call Monday, March 19, at 11 a.m. ET.
During Monday’s call, the co-chairmen will answer questions about the United Bid campaign to host games during the 2026 FIFA World CupTM.
After delivering the official United Bid Book to FIFA, the United Bid Co-chairmen issued the following statement:
Earlier today, Canada Soccer, the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, and the United States Soccer Federation delivered an historic three-country bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be the largest football event in history and our United Bid can be counted on to deliver the experience, the infrastructure and the resources necessary to make this extraordinary event an unprecedented success for FIFA and for all of the member associations in our global football family.
UNITED, AS ONE, Canada, Mexico, and the United States are excited and ready to welcome players, officials, fans, media and partners to a truly global celebration of football that unites the world around our common values of humanity, friendship and mutual respect. Working in partnership with FIFA, we are determined to seize this historic opportunity to inspire and help shape the future of football for the century to come.
On June 13, our FIFA family will have to decide which bid can be counted on to deliver the experience, the infrastructure and the resources that the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will demand. We believe that our three nations offer the only bid that can deliver the certainty that’s needed. We look forward to discussing the merits of our bid with FIFA and soccer federations around the world in the weeks and months ahead.
Members of the media wishing to participate in Monday’s conference call should dial (800) 424-8151 or (847) 585-4422 a few minutes before 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT.
United Bid Conference Call Information
WHO: Canada Soccer President Steven Reed
Mexican Football Federation President Decio de Maria
U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro
WHAT: Conference Call to discuss the United Bid campaign to host the 2026 FIFA World CupTM.
WHEN: Monday, March 19
11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT / 9 a.m. MT / 8 a.m. PT
HOW: Please call (800) 424-8151 -OR- (847) 585-4422 a few minutes before 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT
Confirmation Number: 8046 803#
The conference call moderator will be United Bid Director of Communications, Brian Reich.
CHICAGO (March 16, 2018) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has called in 25 players to take part in a 12-day international training camp from March 17-28 in Spain, highlighted by two games against France in Alicante on March 21 and 23. After seven days in Alicante, the team will travel to Madrid, where it will face off against Atletico Madrid’s U-21 squad.
“As we look towards qualifying possibly being earlier than ever before we want to give as many opportunities as possible in this particular camp,” Ramos said. “We are including many younger players with great potential who understand the demands of the international game and how high the expectation is here. Our objective will once again be to set the bar as high as possible at this level.”
The U-20 age group, consisting of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, is taking part in its second National Team camp of the 2018-19 cycle, after the player pool took part in the first ever Men’s Youth National Team Summit at the beginning of the year. At the beginning of a two-year cycle, the U-20 MNT is focused building a squad capable of qualifying for the 2019 U-20 World Cup.
Of the 25 players brought into camp, 20 have registered at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Defenders Jake Morris, Matthew Real, Sam Rogers and Aedan Stanley, and midfielders Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin collectively lead the roster in that regard, each having played five seasons. Five from the roster are MLS Homegrown players in Carleton, Goslin, Mark McKenzie, Paxton Pomykal and Matthew Real, while seven garnered Best XI conference selections while playing in the Academy:
Richie Ledezma (2017, West, U-15/16)
Mark McKenzie (2017, East, U-17/18)
Jake Morris (2016, East, U-15/16)
Paxton Pomykal (2016, Central, U-15/16)
Justin Rennicks (2016, East, U-15/16)
Sam Rogers (2017, West, U-17/18)
Aedan Stanley (2015, 2016, 2017; Central; U-15/16, U-15/16, U-17/18)
Carleton and Zyen Jones helped lead Atlanta United FC’s U-15/16 squad to its first Development Academy national title in 2017, while Pomykal is the other Academy champion on the roster, winning the U-17/18 Development Academy final with FC Dallas in 2016.
Of the four major youth tournaments at the U-17 and U-20 levels in 2017, seven players participated in either a CONCACAF Championship or FIFA World Cup. Carleton, Goslin and CJ Dos Santos played in both U-17 tournaments, Jones was called into the qualifying team, while Sergiño Dest made the trip to India for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
2017 Male Player of the year Josh Sargent is the only player on the roster to have participated in both U-17 tournaments as well as the U-20 World Cup, where he played with goalkeeper Brady Scott. Sargent makes his return to the U-20 MNT after recently receiving his first senior Men’s National Team call up in November 2017. The call up to Portugal made Sargent the first U.S. player to appear in a U-17, U-20 and full MNT camp during the same calendar year.
As the youngest player on the roster, born in 2001, LA Galaxy product Ulysses Llanez is also age-eligible for the 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The forward did not make the final roster for last year’s U-17 World Cup in India, but traveled as an alternate with the team leading up to the tournament.
Ten players joining the camp currently play for international clubs: goalkeepers Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica), Phillip Ejimadu (Nacional Atlético Clube) and Scott (FC Köln), defenders Dest (AFC Ajax) and Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana), midfielders Andres Jimenez (Envigado FC) and Juan Pablo Torres (K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen) and forwards Jones (FC Schalke 04), Nebiyou Perry (FC Köln) and Sargent (SV Werder Bremen).
Twelve players are making their debuts with the U-20 MNT for the 2018-19 cycle: Frankie Amaya (Pateadores), Dest, Dos Santos, Ejimadu, Jimenez, Jones, Ledezma (Real Salt Lake), Llanez, Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy), Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Rogers (Seattle Sounders FC) and Sargent.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): CJ Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Phillip Ejimadu (Nacional Atlético Clube; Minneapolis, Minn.), Brady Scott (FC Köln; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Sergino Dest (AFC Ajax; Almere-Stad, Netherlands), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), Jake Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Manny Perez (N.C. State University; Garner, N.C.), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.), Sam Rogers (Seattle Sounds FC; Seattle, Wash.), Aedan Stanley (St. Louis FC; Columbia, Ill.), Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Frankie Amaya (Pateadores; Santa Ana, Calif.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Atlanta, Ga.), Andres Jimenez (Envigado FC; Miami, Fla.), Richie Ledezma (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Juan Pablo Torres (K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen; Lilbirn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Shaft Brewer (Unattached; Sacramento, Calif.), Zyen Jones (FC Schalke 04; Clarkston, Ga.), Ulysses Llanez Jr. (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Nebiyou Perry (FC Köln; New York, N.Y.), Justin Rennicks (Indiana University; Hamilton, Mass.), Josh Sargent (SV Werder Bremen; O'Fallon, Mo.)
NEW YORK (March 15, 2018) – On the eve of submitting its bid to FIFA to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, the United Bid announced its list of 23 Candidate Host Cities that will be included in the Bid Book.
The number and diversity of cities in Canada, Mexico and the United States represent the most comprehensive and far-reaching hosting strategy ever developed for a mega-sporting event. It further demonstrates the United Bid’s commitment to welcoming the world to a united and inclusive celebration of football where every one of the 48 teams will be playing in some of the world’s largest and most advanced facilities.
The full list of Candidate Host Cities can be found below.
The United Bid offers FIFA more than the required number of qualified Candidate Host Cities and stadiums to be considered as part of a final Host City evaluation and selection process. If the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is awarded to the United Bid, FIFA will select up to 16 Host Cities from the proposed slate of 23.
Canada, Mexico, and the United States require no new stadium construction to stage the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. The United Bid will instead be able to work with FIFA to ensure the players, officials, and fans have an extraordinary experience at the largest FIFA World Cup™ ever staged.
“Canada, Mexico, and the United States have joined together to deliver a United Bid that offers FIFA and its member associations the power of unity, the promise of certainty, and the potential of extraordinary opportunity,” said John Kristick, Executive Director of the United Bid. “We are confident that the combination of our 23 existing world-class stadiums, 150 existing elite training facilities, and our modern and interconnected transportation network can help FIFA to achieve new records for attendance and revenue, which will allow the entire global football community to improve and grow.”
“The United Bid is honoured to present to FIFA a bid that symbolizes the collective efforts of our three countries and our 23 Candidate Host Cities that have the demonstrated history and ability to stage the newly expanded 2026 FIFA World Cup™. As stewards for the world’s largest sporting event, our diverse and inclusive cultures will welcome all players, officials and fans in celebration of the game in North America and around the world,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Bid Director and General Secretary, Canada Soccer.
“We’re even more confident we have everything needed to deliver the largest, most compelling FIFA World Cup™ in history and help accelerate the growth of football across North America and around the world,” said Yon de Luisa, Mexico Bid Director.
Across every metric – including ticket sales, television audiences and rights fees, digital engagement, partner involvement, community support, environmental, social and economic impact – the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in North America has the potential to deliver extraordinary success for FIFA and for football.
- Canada, Mexico, and the United States offer unparalleled experience, combining to host 13 FIFA World Cup™ competitions to date.
- Each of the stadiums included in the United Bid’s proposal are already built and have an average capacity of more than 68,000.
- The United Bid has secured more than 150 training site options, including Major League Soccer (MLS) and Liga MX stadiums, Division 1 college and university facilities, and specialized football centers, many with longstanding experience hosting international football teams for training.
- All of the Candidate Host Cities feature modern and interconnected transportation networks, a variety of world-class accommodations, media and technology infrastructure, and provide the certainty needed to ensure a smooth and prosperous FIFA World Cup™.
The United Bid’s hosting vision and strategy projects more than 5.8 million tickets will be sold, generating in excess of $2 billion in ticketing revenue and ensuring every stadium for every match will be filled with passionate supporters from around the world. With over 200 ethnic groups and 300 languages spoken in our three countries, every team and their fans will feel at home.
The United Bid’s final Candidate Host Cities are:
CHICAGO (15 de marzo, 2018) -- U.S. Soccer eligió a Talen Energy Stadium como sede el partido USA-Bolivia el 28 de mayo en Chester, Pa. La U.S. MNT busca nivelar la serie global contra los visitantes, con la cobertura iniciando a las 7 p.m. ET en FS1, UniMás y UDN. Los aficionados también pueden seguir el partido en vivo por Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer_mnt y @ussoccer_esp.
El partido marca el inicio de la gira de verano de la U.S. MNT, que incluye una visita a Irlanda el 2 de junio en Dublín antes de concluir contra Francia el 9 de junio en Groupama Stadium en Lyon.
"Al incluir el partido contra Bolivia, tenemos oportunidades muy buenas para nuestros jugadores jóvenes este verano," dijo el director técnico de EE.UU. Dave Sarachan. "Bolivia presenta diferentes desafíos que Irlanda y Francia. Estamos muy contentos de arrancar la gira en Filadelfia, una de las grandes comunidades del fútbol en Estados Unidos y con una base de aficionados que siempre ha apoyado a la Selección."
Los boletos salen a la venta al público al jueves, 22 de marzo, a las 10 a.m. ET por medio de ussoccer.com. Los boletos también pueden ser comprados por teléfono llamando al 1-800-298-4200 y en la taquilla de Talen Energy Stadium (abierta de lunes a viernes, 9 a.m. a 5 p.m.). Grupos de 20 personas o más pueden ordenar boletos en ussoccer.com.
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La tercera vista de EE.UU. a Talen Energy Stadium marcará el octavo encuentro contra Bolivia, con la U.S. MNT registrando 1-2-4 desde el inicio de la serie en 1993. El último encuentro fue justo antes de la apertura de la Copa América Centenario 2016, cuando Christian Pulisic se convirtió en el jugador estadounidense más joven en anotar gol en la era moderna, sellando una victoria de 4-0 en Kansas City.Read more
CHICAGO (March 15, 2018) – U.S. Soccer has selected Talen Energy Stadium to host USA-Bolivia on May 28 in Chester, Pa. The MNT looks to level the all-time series against the visitors, with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the game live on Twitter at @ussoccer_mnt and @ussoccer_esp, and Facebook.
The match kicks off the MNT’s summer tour, which includes a visit to Ireland on June 2 in Dublin before concluding against No. 9-ranked France on June 9 at Groupama Stadium in Lyon.
“With the addition of the Bolivia game, we have a great set of experiences on the table for our young players this summer,” U.S. head coach Dave Sarachan said. “Bolivia presents different challenges than Ireland and France. We’re thrilled to be starting the tour in Philadelphia, one of the great soccer communities in the United States and a fan base that has always supported the National Team.”
Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, March 22, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the Talen Energy Stadium ticket office (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can order at ussoccer.com.
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The USA’s third visit to Talen Energy Stadium marks the eighth contest against Bolivia, with the MNT facing a 1-2-4 deficit since the series began in 1993. The last encounter came just prior to the opening of the 2016 Copa America Centenario, when Christian Pulisic became the youngest U.S. player to score a goal in the modern era, capping off a 4-0 rout in Kansas City.