USMNT 2026 World Cup schedule: US debut in Los Angeles on June 12, travel to Seattle and return to LA
The US men’s national team will begin their 2026 World Cup campaign at SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, which will mark their first World Cup match on home soil since 1994.
SoFi Stadium officially won the rights to host the USMNT during the tournament on Sunday, at FIFA’s presentation announcing the site for the 2026 World Cup. The match will kick off the United States’ World Cup slate on 12 June, and the USMNT will play at Seattle’s Lumen Field on June 19 for their second group stage game. They then return to Southern California to complete the group stage on June 25.
The USMNT’s group stage schedule allows the team plenty of time to recover between games due to the number of days between games and the minimum amount of travel. Head coach Gregg Berhalter said FIFA’s selection reflected the feedback he and US Soccer were able to provide to the governing body before the venues were locked in.
“The only piece of input was really about travel, trying to reduce travel and so for that, it’s huge,” he said in a press conference on Sunday. you are on the east coast and don’t need to travel often or on the west coast and don’t need to travel often. , different time zone shifts.”
While the USMNT’s plans for 2026 have yet to be confirmed, Berhalter expects the team to use the Los Angeles area as a base camp during the group stage and travel to Seattle for one game in the Pacific Northwest. Before the games begin, the hosts are also expected to spend time at US Soccer’s national training center in Atlanta, which is currently under construction but is expected to open before the 2026 tournament.
The World Cup returns to North America for the first time since 1994, when the USA hosted the tournament. US Soccer has treated the 2026 event as a defining moment in the country’s sporting history, both to showcase the progress made since 1994 and to usher soccer’s popularity into a new era. Central to that plan is a strong USMNT tour in 2026, something Berhalter has not shied away from acknowledging since returning to the post in September. He specifically acknowledged that the team’s recent and upcoming schedule, including competition at this summer’s Copa America, is part of an effort to raise the team’s level and not not only better than the 1994 team that made it to the round of 16 but set a new benchmark for. the US men’s team.
“The goal is always to perform really well and go as far as you can,” he said. “You always want to be good. We wanted to be very good in 2022 and when you look at it, we did well, but there are better levels to reach and now, on our home soil, we know how much a load can -continue to help home and how to help. fans can push the home team so for us, it’s about making our country proud and when I think about the dreams our players had about growing up and playing in the clubs their local and now they are at some of the biggest clubs in Europe and coming back and uniting and trying to grow the game, one way to grow the game and football to change forever in America to perform well and do something that no American team has done before.”
The 2026 World Cup will be the first to have 48 teams, more than the 32 that participated in the 2022 edition of the tournament in Qatar. The tournament starts on June 11 at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, when co-hosts Mexico play, and ends on July 19 with the final.
See below for a list of the 2026 World Cup host locations and key dates, as well as the USMNT’s group stage schedule.
2026 World Cup Venues
- Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
- AT&T Stadium, Dallas
- Gillette Stadium, Boston
- Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
- Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco Bay Area
- Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
- Lumen Field, Seattle
- Mercedes Benz Arena, Atlanta
- MetLife Stadium, New York / New Jersey
- NRG Stadium, Houston
- SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles
- House for sale in Akron, Guadalajara
- Azteca District, Mexico City
- BBVA, Monterrey
- Place BC, Vancouver
- BMO Field, Toronto
Key dates and venues of the 2026 World Cup
- June 11: Opening match of the World Cup and the first match of Mexico, Mexico City
- June 12: Canada’s first game, Toronto
- June 12: USMNT’s first game, Los Angeles
- June 28 to July 3: a round of 32 games in all host cities except Dallas, Guadaljara, Los Angeles and Philadelphia
- July 4 to July 7: round of 16 hosted in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Mexico City, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, Seattle and Vancouver
- July 9 to 11: hosted in Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Miami
- July 14: semifinal, Dallas
- July 15: Semi-final two, Atlanta
- July 18: Third-place playoff, Miami
- July 19: final, New York / New Jersey
USMNT group stage schedule
- June 12: Los Angeles
- June 19: Seattle
- June 25: Los Angeles