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News in Brief: United 2026 Considering Minneapolis, International Loons, and More

by on 5 October 2017

Minneapolis considered in next stage of 2026 FIFA World Cup bid

The United Bid Committee announced the 32 cities in North America that it is considering as official host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Minneapolis remains in consideration along with 24 other cities in the United States, three in Mexico, and four in Canada. Representatives from each city will meet with the committee in Houston during the week of November 13 to take part in a working session as they finalize their hosting documents.

Loons called up for international duty

The final leg in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers will take place on Friday, October 6 and Tuesday, October 10. Johan Venegas and Francisco Calvo were both called in to represent Costa Rica in its matches against Honduras and Panama. Kevin Molino will join his home nation Trindad and Tobago against Mexico and the United States. Outside of World Cup Qualifying matches, defender Michael Boxall will join New Zealand for its friendly match against Japan and Jermaine Taylor will join Jamaica on the road against Saudi Arabia.

MLS expansion news

The Nashville ownership group lobbying to bring MLS to Nashville released details for a stadium plan this week. The proposed soccer specific stadium is estimated to cost $250 million, 90 percent of which would be privately funded. Elsewhere, a federal trademark was filed in Detroit this week by Palace Sports & Entertainment protecting the name “Motor City Soccer Club.”

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  • nomadic loon

    NEE – next eight eliminated” was a thread on NP1. This looks like a good place to post to continue.
    – #135 FYR Macedonia out;
    – #112 Georgia out;
    – #110 Finland out;
    – #98 Estonia out;
    – #89 Faroe Islands out;
    – #85 Norway out;
    – #72 Armenia out;
    – #71 Belarus out;

    Probably the biggest upset victory from this group of eight was Finland’s 1-0 win over Iceland in the round robin stage. Should Norway out be a surprise?

  • Governor Squid

    If they choose Minneapolis, can we schedule a get-together to watch the action from the proper soccer facility in St. Paul?