Wednesday Kickoff: 2026 World Cup, Chicharito, Messi and more

Wednesday Kickoff: 2026 World Cup, Chicharito, Messi and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: 2026 World Cup, Chicharito, Messi and more

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The 2026 World Cup could be coming to North America, while two stars have returned to training with their club teams.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino hinted that he is open to a 40-team 2026 World Cup co-hosted by the U.S., Mexico and Canada. (REPORT)

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has returned to Bayer Leverkusen training after breaking his hand falling down the stairs. (REPORT)

After missing Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Venezuela due to injury, Lionel Messi returned to Barcelona training on Wednesday. (REPORT)

The French Football League is reportedly looking into instituting a homegrown requirement in an attempt to increase competitiveness in Ligue 1. (REPORT)

Christian Eriken has signed a new contract that will keep him with Tottenham until 2020. (REPORT)

Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner has signed a two-year deal with Nottingham Forest. (REPORT)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew confirmed that the club has interest in signing Mathieu Flamini. (REPORT)

La Liga matches may be postponed this weekend due to extreme hot weather. (REPORT)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says it is “realistic” that the club’s new stadium can host both a Premier League match and NFL game in the same day. (REPORT)

TUESDAY REWIND

Two goals from Jozy Altidore led the way as the U.S. Men’s National Team cruised past Trinidad & Tobago, 4-0, to win their World Cup qualifying group. (READ)

Christian Pulisic earned SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors after shining in Tuesday’s win. (READ)

MLS announced that the MLS Cup will be held in primetime on Dec. 10 while also confirming the league’s entire playoff schedule. (READ)

The SBI Show returned on Tuesday to discuss the USMNT, MLS and all things American soccer. (READ)

 

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