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Around the Forest: U.S., Mexico and Canada to host World Cup 2026

Also: Spain’s Manager gets the sack days before the World Cup, Jesse Marsch weary of Seattle’s slow start and more!

68th FIFA Congress Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images


USL Team of the Week | T2 defender Josh Phillips named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 13 | Portland Timbers
Phillips scored the game-winning goal, his first of the season, won all nine of his duels and recorded three interceptions and eight clearances in the win over RGVFC. This marks the second time Phillips has been named to the USL Team of the Week this season.

World Cup 2026

USA, Canada and Mexico win bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup |
On the eve of the men’s 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match in Russia, soccer’s world governing body FIFA awarded the right to host the men’s 2026 World Cup to the United Bid featuring Canada, Mexico and the United States. It will be the first World Cup tournament held across three nations, featuring an expanded field of 48 teams and a record 80 matches.

The 2026 World Cup is coming to North America – here's all you need to know |
The 2026 World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the USA promises to be the biggest World Cup event ever held and it will be the first to feature an expanded 48-team field with a record 80 matches. The winning bid submitted to FIFA established that Canada and Mexico will each host 10 matches, leaving 60 matches to be staged on US soil, including every match from the quarterfinal stage through to the championship match.

Watch: What impact will the 2026 World Cup have on soccer in North America? |
How will hosting the World Cup change soccer on the continent? What impact will it have on Major League Soccer? How will it compare to the 1994 World Cup and that tournament's legacy? Will the USA and Canada be contenders in eight years?

The 23 cities that could potentially host 2026 World Cup matches |
The 2026 World Cup is coming to North America! The United Bid, which was jointly submitted by the federations of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, emerged as the winning bid after a public vote held among FIFA's member nations on the eve of the 2018 World Cup.

Major League Soccer

Report: Could Costa Rica midfielder Celso Borges be MLS bound? |
A report by lists MLS as a possible destination for the Ticos defensive midfielder. Borges played in 32 matches (26 starts) for Deportivo La Coruña last season, who were relegated from La Liga. Borges' contract expires at the end of next season.

Gyasi Zardes vs. Josef Martinez highlights Columbus-Atlanta showdown |
It is the marquee matchup among the six Wednesday night Major League Soccer games in Week 16, with Columbus Crew SC hosting Atlanta United hosting (7:30 pm ET | TV & Streaming info) with just three points separating the teams at the top of the Eastern Conference.

Jesse Marsch wary of Seattle Sounders despite slow start |
“It is a team full of talented players so we know they have had a slow start, but that’s not uncommon for them,” Marsch said after training on Tuesday. “They have had slow starts the last three years and the previous two years they have managed to finish really strong and find a way to get to the final. I think for us to expect anything less than their best would be foolish.”

Big body, bigger goals, better dance moves? 10 things about Roman Torres |
Roman Torres is best-known to those who follow MLS as the hulking defender for the Seattle Sounders, one half of one of the league’s most formidable center-back duos along side three-time Defender of the Year Chad Marshall.

Under-20 champions Tigres UANL announced as opponent in MLS Homegrown Game |
Major League Soccer announced Tuesday that the MLS Homegrown Team will take on Tigres UANL, the reigning Mexican league’s Under-20 champion, in the fifth annual MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer® on July 31 (8 pm ET) at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground. The game is part of a week of events during the 2018 MLS All-Star festivities in Atlanta.

Armchair Analyst: With US out, here's how I'll watch the 2018 World Cup |
That is one of my two planks for this 2018 World Cup. Please understand that the US failure to qualify has devastated me, but also freed me. It means that I can go into this tournament unshackled from the soul-crushing worry over "my" team; the impotent fury at coaching malpractice; the utter despair at in-the-moment, on-field mistakes; the numb resignation when it all inevitably comes crashing down and breathes its last.

David Villa: Torrent "best person we could have" to replace Patrick Vieira |
“It was a difficult day because in the morning, we found out that Patrick is leaving,” Villa told “Patrick was so important for the club and for us, so it was a difficult day of news but after that, when we found out that ‘Dome’ and his staff were coming to replace Patrick, it was great news after the bad news.

Whitecaps midfielder Alphonso Davies voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Week |
Alphonso Davies made a little bit of history over the weekend as the youngest player in league history to record three assists in a match as well as the youngest player to factor into a combined four goals and assists.

MLS Power Rankings: Top teams stay in place after Week 15 |
Here are your MLS Power Rankings after Week 15.

United States

Tim Ream named Fulham Player of the Season - Stars and Stripes FC
Tim Ream capped off a fantastic year at the club level by being named Fulham’s Player of the Season. The American center back was a key part of the side that earned promotion to the Premier League after a third place finish in the Championship and progressing through the play-offs.

USA defeats China 2-1 despite errors - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States dominated from the start and China watched for their chance to break out, although this time they were much more physical in their challenges. With Crystal Dunn playing as high as possible as often as possible and Sam Mewis drifting in and out of the forward line, the US attack was fairly fluid in terms of player movement.


OFFICIAL: Spain sack Lopetegui - Managing Madrid
It’s now official. The Spanish National Team led by Director of Football Fernando Hierro and President Luis Rubiales have sacked Julen Lopetegui just two days ahead of their debut match against Portugal. Lopetegui’s deal to coach Real Madrid after the World Cup went public this Tuesday and the Spanish National Team felt betrayed enough to think that he doesn’t deserve to be on the bench in the FIFA World Cup.

Fernando Hierro to coach Spain during World Cup following Julen Lopetegui sacking
Fernando Hierro will take charge of Spain at the World Cup following Julen Lopetegui's sacking. It was confirmed that Hierro, who won 89 caps for Spain between 1989 and 2002, will hold a news conference at 6:30 p.m. local time in Krasnodar, Russia.

Manchester City's Pep Guardiola donates €150,000 to charity to aid refugees' rescue
"Pep came to see us," Oscar Camps, the organisation's founder, told RAC1. "He even spoke about coming to the ship to help out. But [it's] not just him -- other sportsmen have also shown an interest in giving a hand.