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U.S. and Mexico still in contention to host 2027 World Cup

USWNT fans during an international friendly game against Wales in California. (Photo by Bob Drebin/ISI Photos/Getty Images).

The U.S. women’s national team bowed out in the Round of 16 of the 2023 World Cup, but some good news might be headed the Americans’ way.

The U.S. Soccer Federation and the Mexican Football Association, in a joint bid, are one of four groups still in the running to host the 2027 World Cup, FIFA has announced. The hosts will be named in May 2024.

Three other bids also remain in contention: The Brazilian Football Association, the South African Football Association, and, in a three-way expression of interest, the Royal Belgian Football Association, the Royal Netherlands Football Association and the German Football Association.

The U.S. last hosted a World Cup in 2003, after a severe outbreak of SARS in China forced FIFA to move from its originally scheduled host. Germany beat Sweden in the final, while the USWNT took third place. The U.S. also hosted the 1999 World Cup, clinching the title over China with Brandi Chastain’s dramatic penalty kick goal.

The 1994 men’s World Cup took place in the United States, and the 2026 men’s tournament will be held across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

By 2027, the USWNT will have a different feel, with a new head coach and without several national heroes, including Megan Rapinoe and Julie Ertz, who have announced their retirements. The program will be looking to atone for its performance in this year’s World Cup, when it suffered its earliest ever exit.

And the players might get the opportunity to pursue redemption in front of their home fans.