How Kansas City's 'passion for soccer' helped them become a 2026 World Cup host city


It was a huge day for Kansas city on Thursday, when FIFA announced that they would be one of the cities hosting 2026 World Cup games when the global tournament comes to North America in four years. The city's love of soccer has been well-known for a while now, and that passion is, apparently, a big reason for why FIFA chose to host games there. Speaking to 610's Fescoe In The Morning on Friday, Kathy Nelson of the Kansas City Sports Commission explained why.

"Not only the passion for soccer in our city, but just the passion for our city was so well showcased," she said. "And the other thing is our regionality. When you think about two states coming together to make this happen - and we had another five states supporting our bid through their youth soccer programs and clubs - that really said something, I think, to the committee and to the FIFA representatives. One, that we can all can come together and can do difficult things. And two, we're easy to work with."

You can listen to Nelson's entire interview in the embedded player below: