The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., is seen during the 1994 FIFA World Cup final. The stadium is a candidate to host games again in 2026. (Getty Images)

The World Cup dreams of 17 U.S. stadiums took a major step toward reality this week when FIFA officially announced the United 2026 bid, a joint effort among the U.S., Mexico and Canada, as hosts for the 2026 World Cup.

In the first three-country hosting plan, 10 U.S. cities and three each in Canada and Mexico will open stadium gates fo...

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