Dr. Ian Weisberg — Countdown to Glory: The Unbridled Excitement of a USMNT Fan for the 2026 World Cup

Dr. Ian Weisberg
3 min readMar 5, 2024
Dr. Ian Weisberg

As an ardent supporter of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team, I am very excited for the 2026 World Cup. The thought of the world’s largest soccer party coming to North American soil gives me chills. The feeling is not just for me, but for all other USMNT fans out there too. This event promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime happening that will go down in history as one of America’s most important moments in soccer.

The journey to the 2026 World Cup feels like counting down to an unforgettable event. Every game, every player selection and every tactical decision between now and then take us closer and closer to making history. We aren’t simply spectators; we are part of this journey as well. We’ve been through highs and lows, triumphs and heartbreaks, and now we’re on the verge of hosting one of soccer’s biggest stages. It’s a dream come true.

Hosting the World Cup is massively significant for our country. In a nation where soccer still fights for its rightful place in sports hierarchy, this offers us an opportunity to show the world how far we’ve come. It lets us display our passion, talent and love for this beautiful sport in front of millions across the globe. Just thinking about packed stadiums with vibrant fan zones and oceans of red, white and blue is enough to make anyone’s heart race.

We know that hosting a World Cup has a profound effect on American soccer. It isn’t just about 32 teams competing; it’s about motivating another generation of players — and fans too! Countless kids across America are going to watch their heroes contend on home turf with dreams of someday wearing those stars themselves flying through their heads. This tournament will no doubt generate more interest in — and participation with — soccer across America, further cementing it into our sporting culture.

For the USMNT squad alone, this tournament means much more than a month-long competition; it is a shot at making history. The team has grown stronger year after year, with both seasoned veterans and thrilling young talent coming in. Players such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Giovanni Reyna have shown that they can compete with the world’s best already. In 2026, these guys will be in their prime and ready to lead the charge on our home turf.

The hope of watching the USMNT go far into the tournament is exhilarating. We’ve seen what this team can do, and there’s genuine belief that they can go toe-to-toe with soccer’s best. The thought of knockout games packed with drama and intensity is every supporter’s dream, but to witness them live from American soil would be too good to be true.

Rivalry matches will reach new heights in 2026 too. Contests against our most bitter foe — Mexico — will become epic battles steeped in history and passion. These are the games that generations remember, so to play them on one of soccer’s biggest stages adds an additional layer of excitement. It isn’t just about having bragging rights either; it’s about sending a message to the world!

There’s a lot of work being done to prepare for the World Cup. Making new stadiums, making new training areas, and holding fan festivals are all things we’re used to seeing in soccer events. The US is turning into the greatest soccer team ever, and I’m glad we get to see it firsthand.

The 2026 World Cup isn’t just a tournament. It’s America’s chance to prove that we’re the best at soccer. With the biggest stage available, they can show everyone their skills. Fans coming together to support one thing is always great as well. Lastly, this is a huge opportunity for us to become a soccer nation. The days are ticking away and anticipation is rising with every second.

As a superfan myself, I’m ready for whatever comes my way so that I can be part of history. We’ve been dreaming about hosting the World Cup for years now and it’s finally here! This will be an unforgettable journey for everyone involved with it. — Dr. Ian Weisberg



Dr. Ian Weisberg

Dr. Ian Weisberg is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist originally from Texas, now living in Florida. Proud father and big time sports enthusiast