Kenney says Philly has proved it can handle the World Cup

City could play a role in the 2026 international tournament

Greg Orlandini
June 13, 2018 - 9:56 pm
 A general view of Luschniki Stadium one day prior to the start of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The United States may not be playing in this year's World Cup, but the tournament will return to America in 2026 — and Philadelphia could play a role. 

The U.S., along with Canada and Mexico, will host the 2026 tournament, and Philadelphia is among the cities where matches could be played. 

Mayor Jim Kenney said the city has earned its soccer bona fides.

"We're a great soccer town. We have the International Unity Cup here in Philadelphia," he said. "This will be the third year. The Union is a great franchise and the Linc is a great place to play." 

The mayor said with the Democratic National Convention, the papal visit and the Eagles Super Bowl parade, Philadelphia has proved it can handle large events. 

"From the DNC to the NFL Draft, to Made in America to Fourth of July ceremonies," he added. "Our police department, our properties department, our streets department know how to run big events." 

The Linc will also play host this summer to a friendly match between European club giants Juventus and Bayern Munich.