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Updated Wednesday, June 13, 11:50 a.m.

Editor's note: This story first appeared March 15, 2018 and has been updated given today's news that FIFA has selected the U.S., Canada and Mexico bid to host the World Cup in 2026. 

Cincinnati is a finalist to hold a World Cup match after a bid by the U.S., Canada and Mexico was chosen to host the 2026 World Cup.

United Bid

Cincinnati is one of 23 cities included in the USA/Canada/Mexico United Bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and on Monday, the 530-page "bid book" was released to the public, detailing all that each city has to offer. Here's what Cincinnati highlights: 

The World Cup is in full swing in Brazil. The United States plays its first match Monday against Ghana.

Development group 3CDC and the Cincinnati Saints are hosting a watch party on Fountain Square. Brittney Carden says 3CDC is seeing growing interest in the sport.

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While the U.S. is still primarily a baseball and football country, over the last three decades what we call soccer (and the world calls football) has become extremely popular here on the youth, college and professional levels. And it will be easy to spot U.S. soccer fans once the World Cup gets underway June 12.

Fountain Square will be an official viewing location for this summer's World Cup. The announcement means all three of the USA's first round games will be broadcast live on the big screen during the month-long soccer tournament being held in Brazil from June 12 - July 13.

Watch Party Dates:

Monday June 16 vs Ghana 6:00 p.m. Match Kickoff

Sunday  June 22 vs Portugal 6:00 p.m. Match Kickoff

Thursday June 26 vs Germany 12:00 p.m. Match Kickoff