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Landing a piece of the 2026 World Cup presents opportunities for Baltimore

Landing a piece of the 2026 World Cup presents opportunities for Baltimore

Once again, Baltimore is polishing its image, this time in the hopes of landing a piece of the 2026 World Cup of soccer. With FIFA, the sport’s governing body, awarding the competition to the combined U.S., Canada and Mexico bid, Baltimore has a shot at hosting one of the matches or an advance gathering of team representatives. But so do a lot of other North American cities, which, like Baltimore, will be under scrutiny for the next couple of years as event organizers make their picks.

Even in the midst of the current World Cup fever — the quadrennial competition is underway in Moscow — there will be those who think Baltimore shouldn’t even bother bidding to host. The vaunted...

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