World Cup Links: Could Boston Be One Of 16 Cities To Host The 2026 World Cup?

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The 2018 World Cup begins today in Moscow. (PHOTO CREDIT: CBS Sports)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The 2018 World Cup officially kicks-off today with excitement for the tournament to return to North America (Canada, Mexico and the United States) in 2026.

And while the new tournament is barely one day old, there is certainly some excitement for it here in Boston, especially because we are one of the cities being considered to host some games, specifically at Gillette Stadium.

Boston is one of 23 cities being considered – the list will be whittled down to 16 locations in a few years. Other locations throughout North America include New York/New JerseySan FranciscoLos AngelesDenverKansas CityMiamiEdmontonToronto and Mexico City.

Sure, it would be great to have Boston be one of the 16 cities hosting the 2026 World Cup, but most likely games would be played in Foxboro, not Boston, as noted in a piece on Boston.com by Hayden Bird.

In addition to games being held in Foxboro, Bird also noted in his piece that Harvard UniversityNobles and Greenough School, Wellesley College and the New England Revolution’s practice field would be potential training facilities for teams that would be housed in Boston.

WBZ-TV sports producer Joe Giza tweeted a video yesterday of Revs President Brian Bilello, who likes Boston’s chances of hosting the 2026 World Cup.

Again, we will have to wait a few years before FIFA announces the final 16 cities – we should know by 2020 or 2021 – but their goal is to make the 2026 World Cup a “North American event from coast to coast.”


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Introducing Noontime Soccer On Twitter

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Just in time for the World Cup, which begins tomorrow, Noontime Sports has launched a brand new Twitter handle (@NoontimeSoccer), which we highly recommend that you follow … NOW!

Noontime Soccer becomes the newest sports specific Twitter handle that we have launched this year – earlier in the year we unveiled Noontime Baseball, Basketball, Football and Lacrosse.

Noontime Lacrosse launched a few years earlier under another name, but was rebranded prior to the start of the college and high school seasons this spring.

Similar to the other sports specific handles, we will be sharing and producing various soccer content seen on the handle with the goal of keeping you updated on the college and high school world in New England this fall. We also plan to promote some content about the World Cup and other soccer news through the account as well.

So, make sure to follow our brand new Twitter handle now, especially if you’re a soccer fan!

D3 Soccer Notebook: New England Squads Set To Compete In NCAA D3 Tournament

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2017 NCAA Division III soccer tournament is set to begin later this week with various New England squads, both men and women’s, set to compete for the national championship.

On Monday, November 6th, the NCAA unveiled both brackets and below are the New England teams that will be competing in this year’s tournament.


NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament 

* Mitchell vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1 p.m. at Tufts (winner of this match will play host Tufts University on Sunday, Nov. 12th)

* Western Connecticut State at Brandies University | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 5 p.m.

* Bowdoin College vs. Rutgers-Newark (at Brandeis University) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 7:30 p.m.

* Castleton vs. Messiah (at Buffalo State) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 5 p.m.

* Stevens Inst. vs. Middlebury College (at SUNY Cortland) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* WPI at SUNY Oneonta | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Connecticut College vs. Rochester (at SUNY Oneonta) | Saturday, November 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Salem State at Amherst College | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Endicott College vs. Springfield College (at Amherst College) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.


NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament 

* Roger Williams at TCNJ | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Tufts vs. Virginia Wesleyan (at TCNJ) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Westfield State at Messiah | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11:30 a.m.

* Castleton at MIT | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Middlebury College vs. Western Connecticut State (at MIT) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Connecticut College vs. Wilkes (at Johns Hopkins) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Lesley at Williams College | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Brandeis University vs. Stevens Inst. (at Williams College) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Lasell College at William Smith | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

Mass. High School Soccer: MIAA Soccer Tournament Pairings (North & South)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s time for playoff soccer here in Massachusetts, and below is the pairing for the upcoming Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) playoffs for both the boys and girls soccer teams that will begin later this week.

We wish all teams participating in this year’s MIAA soccer tournaments best of luck!


North Division 1 (Boys) | Top Seed: St. John’s Prep (Danvers)

North Division 1 (Girls) | Top Seed: Central Catholic

North Division 2 (Boys) | Top Seed: North Andover

North Division 2 (Girls) | Top Seed: Masconomet

North Division 3 (Boys) | Top Seed: Wayland

North Division 3 (Girls) | Top Seed: Saugus

North Division 4 (Boys) | Top Seed: St. Mary’s (Lynn)

North Division 4 (Girls) | Top Seed: Boston International


South Division 1 (Boys) | Top Seed: Brockton

South Division 1 (Girls) | Top Seed: Natick

South Division 2 (Boys) | Top Seed: Nauset Regional

South Division 2 (Girls) | Top Seed: Old Rochester Regional

South Division 3 (Boys) | Top Seed: Seekonk

South Division 3 (Girls) | Top Seed: Archbishop Williams

South Division 4 (Boys) | Top Seed: Cohasset

South Division 4 (Girls) | Top Seed: Monomoy 

Soccer Notebook: Matignon, Somerville Secure Spots In MIAA Soccer Tournament

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) unveiled the pairings for its upcoming high school soccer tournaments earlier today, which saw both Somerville and Matignon boy’s varsity soccer secure spots in the Division 1 North and Division 4 North playoffs, respectively.

Somerville, which secured the second position in the North with with a 14-0-4 record, will host Peabody on Saturday, November 4 at Dillboys Stadium at 6 p.m. The Tanners enter the postseason as the 15th best team in the North with an overall record of 9-7-2.

The Highlanders defeated the Tanners twice this season en route to finishing undefeated for the second straight year.

Somerville capped its season last Saturday, October 28th with a 5-1 win last Saturday over Andover,

Saturday’s winner will face either Chelsea (seventh seed) or Boston Latin (10th seed) in the quarterfinals – no date or time has been announced for the quarterfinals.

Chelsea will host Boston Latin on Saturday with kickoff also scheduled for 6 p.m.

St. John’s Prep (Danvers) secured the top spot in this year’s D1 North playoffs, while East Boston, Malden and Lexington round out the top five, checking-in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Matignon earned the fourth seed in the D4 North playoffs and will host Ipswich (13th seed) on Friday, November 3 at 2 p.m. at Danehy Field in Cambridge. The Warriors enter the postseason with a 13-4-1 record, while the Tigers, who secured the 13th position, enter Friday’s match with an 8-8-2 ledger.

The winner of Friday’s first round match will face either Manchester (fourth seed) or Innovation Academy (12th seed) in the quarterfinals – no dates or time has been announced for that particular round.

St. Mary’s of Lynn earned the top spot in the tournament, while Boston International and  Mystic Valley checked-in second and third, respectively. Manchester secured the fifth position.