BALTIMORE, Md. - FedEx Field in Landover and M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore are in the top tier of locations to host World Cup Soccer matches in 2026, according to Terry Hasseltine of the Maryland Stadium Authority.
"We're set up to be a great, great destination for future matches," Hasseltine said.
There are 23 cities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada on the list as potential sites to host World Cup matches, but the two Maryland-based stadiums are among an elite group of 16 that already meet world soccer federation standards, according to Hasseltine.
FIFA announced the selection of North America to host the 2026 World Cup tournament early Wednesday.
Audi Field, which is D.C. United's new stadium, will likely be used as a base camp and training facility for one of the teams in the tournament, according to Lindsay Simpson, spokesperson for the team.
Opening day for Audi Field is July 14.
D.C. United player Chris Durkin, an 18-year-old from Glen Allen, Virginia, is considered to be a top prospect to make a future 2026-contending U.S. Team.