Minneapolis still in running as a World Cup host, unlike Green Bay

But not Green Bay, what a shame.

Minneapolis is among 41 North American cities to officially register their interest in being one of 12 host cities for the 2026 soccer World Cup.

The United Bid Committee (UBC) comprising the U.S., Canada and Mexico, is expected to submit its bid to world soccer body FIFA early next year, as it attempts to win the rights to hold the globe's biggest sporting tournament nine years from now.

The North American bid is going up against Morocco, and it's expected to submit 20-25 potential host cities in its final pitch to FIFA.

To that end, it contacted 44 cities with stadiums large enough to host a World Cup a game, asking them to register their interest.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that Minneapolis was one of the 41 cities that responded, confirming they are interested in U.S. Bank Stadium being a host, ESPN reports.

But one state that won't have a host city is Wisconsin, after Green Bay failed to register its interest in Lambeau Field being a venue for the soccer extravaganza.

(The World Cup has dodged a bullet, if you ask us.)

With a capacity of 66,200, U.S. Bank Stadium would be in the running to host any game except for the opening match and the final.

FIFA stipulates that the stadium's capacity must be higher than 80,000 for these games, which would only apply to a handful of cities that have made a bid.

Either of the two Dallas stadiums could host it (the Cotton Bowl seats 92,000, AT&T Stadium 105,000), as well as Everbank Field in Jacksonville (which, let's face it, won't happen), any of three stadiums in L.A. (a more likely final destination), the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey (ditto) and FedEx Field in Washington D.C.

The famous Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, with a capacity of 87,000, could also host the opening game or final.

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