Alejandro Bedoya, Carli Lloyd, and Zach and Julie Ertz Join Bid Effort to Bring FIFA World Cup 2026™ to Philadelphia

The superstar athletes have added their names as honorary co-chairs of Philadelphia Soccer 2026, the committee overseeing Philadelphia’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup™. Carli Lloyd, forward for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Sky Blue FC, Julie Ertz, midfielder for the U.S. Women’s National Team and Chicago Red Stars, Alejandro Bedoya, attacking midfielder/winger for the Philadelphia Union and longtime member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, and Zach Ertz, tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, join Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney as honorary co-chairs, to help champion Philadelphia to FIFA and U.S. Soccer as the organizations formally evaluate 17 U.S. candidate cities for ten U.S. host slots.


As a native of Delran, New Jersey, Lloyd is one of the most decorated soccer players in U.S. history. “This is home and I’m excited to help bring the world’s biggest sporting event to Philadelphia,” said Lloyd.  “I know firsthand the excitement and energy that comes from the FIFA World Cup™ and I have no doubt that Philadelphia will meet this moment as a host city and as an incredible and committed soccer community. It is an honor to be part of this bid.”


Julie and Zach Ertz join this important civic effort in support of their adopted hometown.  The California native and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year twice was introduced to Philadelphia when her husband Zach was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

“We didn’t know Philadelphia before 2013, but it quickly has become home. Not only is it filled with arts, culture, and amazing restaurants, but it also is the greatest sports city in the world. We know that this passionate fan base will rally with us to support the bid for Philadelphia, and we’re proud to join with Carli and Alejandro to help FIFA and U.S. Soccer get to know the Philadelphia we love so much,” shared Julie and Zach Ertz.


Alejandro Bedoya, a highly popular member of the Philadelphia Union since 2016, also brings terrific international soccer experience to Philadelphia’s bid effort, earning 65 career caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) in the past seven years, appearing in all four World Cup matches for the USMNT in 2014 and serving as a leader in the team’s run to the 2016 Copa America Centenario semifinal.

In accepting this role, he said, “I’m excited to represent the Philadelphia Union as an Honorary Co-Chair for the city’s bid. Soccer is the world’s game and this tournament is unlike any other sporting event. Its presence here would not only impact a current generation of soccer players, but it would also shape the next generation. I look forward to being a vocal advocate for this effort as we work to win the bid and increase the presence and passion for soccer across the region.”

ADD YOUR NAME now to bring the FIFA World Cup 2026™ to Philadelphia and stay informed on Philadelphia’s bid process to be one of ten U.S. host cities selected.