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New Jersey native, USMNT coach Berhalter, dreams of making it to the World Cup final.

The 2026 World Cup final being played in New Jersey holds special significance for United States coach Gregg Berhalter, who grew up close to MetLife Stadium, the venue that will host the championship match. This not only provides extra motivation for Berhalter, but also serves as a dream come true to potentially play a World Cup final just 15 minutes away from where he grew up. The United States team will have the advantage of playing at home, with their core players still in their mid-20s, and Berhalter sees the diversity in the team as reflecting the diversity of America. He hopes that Americans will see themselves in the team and identify with their group. The team’s busy schedule this year includes two tournaments, the Concacaf Nations League and the Copa América, both being held at home. Additionally, the US team will train at their national training center in suburban Atlanta ahead of the World Cup and play their opener at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
United States coach Gregg Berhalter expressed his excitement at the prospect of the 2026 World Cup final being held in New Jersey, especially since it is close to his hometown and his personal connection to the venue, MetLife Stadium. In an interview on Monday, Berhalter shared his additional motivation to potentially play in a World Cup final just 15 minutes away from where he grew up, calling it a “dream come true.” He emphasized the team’s goal of making the country proud in this significant event.

FIFA has awarded the final match to MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Jets and Giants, and the U.S. team will train at their national training center in suburban Atlanta ahead of the World Cup. Sticking to the same time zone, the Americans will play their opener at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, followed by matches in Seattle’s Lumen Field and a final group stage match at SoFi Stadium.

Berhalter acknowledged the advantages of playing at home and emphasized the potential of the team’s core players, such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, and Tyler Adams. He also pointed to the U.S.’s diverse team, stating that it reflects the true diversity of America and hopes that the team will be relatable to the American audience.

As host, the U.S. will not participate in World Cup qualifiers, but will instead focus on two upcoming tournaments, the Concacaf Nations League and the Copa América. Berhalter confirmed that defender Sergiño Dest will be included in the roster for the Nations League despite his suspension for a previous match, and expressed the team’s commitment to developing and competing at the highest level of international soccer.

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