KC Bid Leader Kathy Nelson participates in 2026 World Cup panel

The NextUp Soccer Leaders Summit, organized by LeagueApps and SOCCER.COM, concluded on March 31 with a closing session entitled “World Cup 2026 – US cities and what comes next.”

Moderated by Maryland SoccerPlex Executive Director Matt Libber, the panel featured:

  • Kathy Nelson, President and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation
  • Monica Paul, Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission
  • Terry Hasseltine, President of the Sport and Entertainment Corp. of Maryland

Watch the 36-minute discussion below as the speakers discuss the bidding process and goals for the 2026 campaign.

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