By Sally Fahey
Philly and Lincoln Financial Field has been chosen by FIFA as one of 16 cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that will host the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
“Being from Pennsylvania myself, I mean it’s really terrific,” said the US national team’s star player — and Hershey, Pa. native — Christian Pulisic shortly after the announcement. “I am looking forward to that one.”
Locally, fans erupted at a watch party thrown in LOVE Park to celebrate the win. Alejandro Bedoya, captain of the Union, was among the revelers at the event. He said Philadelphia is a strong soccer city, but this will expose the city’s passion and zeal to an international audience.
“This is putting Philadelphia on the world stage,” he said.
TFW you find out the World Cup is coming to Philly 🔔⚽ pic.twitter.com/lF55TH017w
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) June 16, 2022