The Baltimore-Maryland 2026 World Cup Host Organizing Committee released a new video promoting the “underdog” identity of the city as part of its bid to host World Cup matches.

Seventeen U.S. cities are vying to host World Cup matches. Ten U.S. cities will host a total of 60 matches. Should Baltimore be chosen as one of the host cities, M&T Bank Stadium will be the venue for matches. Baltimore is competing with other East Coast cities like New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., for matches.

During a news conference Oct. 26 unveiling the new video, Maryland Sports Commission executive director Terry Hasseltine said representatives from FIFA will visit Baltimore in the first or second quarter of 2021 and will have a decision on the 10 cities that’ll host matches late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2021. Hasseltine also said the organizing committee plans to share updates about the process every 26 days from this point forward.

“We have some heavy lifting between now and the first quarter,” Hasseltine said.

It was also announced during the news conference that Ravens legend Ray Lewis has joined the effort to bring the World Cup to Baltimore as an ambassador. Other ambassadors include Baltimore native and longtime WNBA star Angel McCoughtry as well as Maryland native and former USMNT standout Oguchi Onyewu.

Lewis recorded a video message that can be watched here:

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