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MetLife Stadium Set to Host 2026 World Cup

New Jerseys very own MetLife Stadium will be hosting the World Cup in 2026. This came as part of a winning North American Bid to host the games. Under the terms of the deal, the U.S. will be hosting 60 games, while Mexico and Canada will be hosting 10 matches each.

MetLife Stadium received this news the day before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Began in Moscow. MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford is the recommended site for the final match of the 2026 soccer extravaganza.

After multiple reports were published talking about how New Jersey would host the 2026 championship game, MetLife Stadium stated:

“FIFA will make the final selection of host cities and match locations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup from the 23 candidates proposed in the united bid. FIFA will make those decisions in 2020-2021. Metlife Stadium was included in the bid book as a recommended site for the final and we look forward to working with FIFA to finalize plans in the coming years.”

16 stadiums that stretched from Edmonton, Canada, to Mexico City will hold games for the world cup. Ten of these venues are held in the U.S. The rest are split evenly between Canada and Mexico.

Gov. Phil Murphy expressed hope the North Jersey venue also will be chosen to host some earlier matches, in addition to serving as the final-game venue. Murphy also stated:

“MetLife Stadium is an internationally renowned facility with first-class amenities,” Murphy said. “The Meadowlands region includes hundreds of hotels to house fans from all over the world and first-rate entertainment, shopping and dining, all just across the river from New York City.”

The U.S. last hosted the quadrennial tournament in 1994. This year, the U.S. team failed to qualify for a spot in the World Cup. The North American bid beat out Morocco for the 2026 tourney in a 134-65 vote.

North American soccer reportedly spent over $6 million to promote the winning proposal to host the 2026 World Cup.

The Breakfast of NJ Champions

It’s an Olympic year and it’s inevitable to wonder how the world’s top athletes maintain their health and physique. Seriously, the bodies of some athletes are insane. It’s safe to say that breakfast has to do with it – it is the most important meal of the day, right?

But what is it that these athletes consume each morning that allows them to succeed in their careers?

Take Michael Phelps, perhaps the greatest Olympian ever, for example. After his record-breaking performances in the 2008 Olympics, he revealed that of his 12,000 calorie-a- day diet, breakfast makes up 4,000 of those calories. This appears inhumane, but it’s obviously paid off for him.

Though their diets (and appetites) may not be as plentiful, here is what some of #NJ’s Olympic athletes have for breakfast each morning when preparing to represent the United States (and the #GardenState) at the games over in Rio de Janeiro.

Monica Aksamit, Matawan – Fencing

Who would think that a 26-year-old Fencer likes to indulge in tiramisu the first thing in the morning? Whether or not this is a normal occurrence is unknown, but hey, who said dessert for breakfast was bad?  


It’s actually on the rise and isn’t too complicated to prepare.

Laurie Hernandez, Old Bridge – Gymnastics

The 16-year-old first year senior gymnast achieved overnight superstardom when she was named to the women’s team for gymnastics. She starts her day off with oatmeal and some sort of fruit and then eats half a cereal bar in the middle of her morning training to hold her in for a few more hours.



Carli Lloyd, Delran – Soccer

The 34-year-old Soccer superstar is very specific about her diet and takes it seriously. For breakfast, she typically has three egg whites with half of an avocado, Greek yogurt, low-sugar granola and a fruit that is in season, the best time to consume fruit. Find out what’s currently in season here.


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The Ultimate Guide to Following New Jersey’s Olympic Athletes in Rio

By Marisa Reinhart

Summer is heating up, and #Rio2016 is quickly approaching.
#HipNJ is here to help you follow these 31 New Jersey native olympians on their #RoadtoRio! Go USA!


Kyrie Irving- West Orange
Twitter: @KyrieIrving
Instagram: @KyrieIrving

Truly an honor…. #rio #usabasketball #UNITE

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Shakur Stevenson- Newark
Twitter: @ShakurStevenson


Monica Aksamit- Matawan
Twitter: @monicaaksamit
Instagram: @monicaaksamit 

Ibtihaj Muhammad- Maplewood
Instagram: @Ibtihajmuhammad

??????? GOLD IN PANAMA! #RoadtoRio #TeamVisa #GritBeforeGold #TeamUSA

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Dagmara Wozniak- Avenel



Laurie Hernandez- Old Bridge


Nicolas Mukendi- Hillsborough


Nick Delpopolo- Westfield
Instagram: @NickforGold

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Colton Brown- Piscataway

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Lauren Schmetterling- Moorestown

Tracy Eisser-  Fair Lawn

Sam Ojserkis- Linwood

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Steve Kasprzyk- Cinnaminson

Thomas Dethlefs- Lawrenceville


Carli Lloyd- Delran
Twitter: @CarliLloyd
Instagram: @carlilloyd

Tobin Heath- Basking Ridge
Twitter: @TobinHeath
Instagram: @tobinheath


Connor Jaeger- Fair Haven
Twitter: @conjaeg

Kelsi Worrell- Westhampton

23 days! #roadtorio #teamUSA

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Robert Griswold-  Freehold

Track and Field

Robby Andrews- Manalapan
Instagram: @ra_andrews

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Jeff Porter- Franklin
Twitter: @jeffporter1

Marielle Hall- Haddonfield
Instagram: @Mariellehall

Ajee Wilson- Neptune
Twitter: @AjeeW
Instagram: @ajeelenee

Christina Epps- Morristown
Twitter: @Ms_Hop_St3pps
Instagram: @ms_hop_st3pps

Keturah Orji- Mount Olive
Twitter: @Keturahorji

Nia Ali- Pleasantville
Twitter: @ItsPooda
Instagram: @niaali

English Gardner- Vorhees Township
Twitter: @UgHLyDuCkLiN
Instagram: @ughlyducklin

Sydney McLaughlin- Dunellen


Joe Maloy- Wildwood Crest
Twitter: @joetriathlon
Instagram: @joemaloy


Jordan Burroughs-  Camden
Instagram: @alliseeisgold

Frank Molinaro-Barnegat
Twitter: @Gorillahulk149
Instagram: @ghulk145