New Jersey's Metlife Stadium, the home of the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets will host the final of the FIFA World Cup 2026. The tournament will be played in the USA, Canada, and Mexico. For the first time in the history of the tournament, as many as 48 teams will play in the tournament.
The rest of the World Cup 2026 will be played in 11 cities across the United States. Toronto, Mexico City, and Los Angeles have been given their respective national teams opening matches of the showpiece event.
"It's going to be a special World Cup," Berhalter said after the announcement was made. "To have the final in New York, New Jersey is a dream come true for me. Being from that area, and I'm sure for most people from that area, it's an area with a rich tradition of soccer and producing players.
"To think about when I was little, going to watch the [New York] Cosmos and them selling out Giants Stadium, and now this stadium is going to host a World Cup final. It's really special."
The most inclusive and impactful FIFA World Cup is no longer a dream: Gianni Infantino
On the other hand, the FIFA president said that the tournament will take place in 16 state-of-the-art stadiums across the three nations.
"The most inclusive and impactful FIFA World Cup ever is no longer a dream but a reality that will take shape in the form of 104 matches in 16 state-of-the-art stadiums across Canada, Mexico and the USA," FIFA president Gianni Infantino was quoted as saying.
"From the opening match at the iconic Estadio Azteca to the spectacular final in New York New Jersey, players and fans have been at the core of our extensive planning for this game-changing tournament... that will not only set new records but also leave an indelible legacy," he added.