The first game of the 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday with Russia, playing on home turf, against Saudi Arabia.
The event will span June 14 to July 15, 2018 and will involve 32 different teams, narrowed down to a final that will take place in Moscow. Some of the favorites for the win include France, Germany, Brazil and Spain.
Plus, a combined bid by the Canada, the U.S. and Mexico has secured the hosting spot for the 2026 World Cup, with the final to be potentially held at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. This is the first time the men’s World Cup returns to North America since 1994.
We discuss what this portends for North America, including Los Angeles, in 2026. Plus, we preview the 2018 World Cup, with Avi Creditor of SportsIllustrated.com and Kevin Baxter from the L.A. Times.