CARY, N.C. (WNCN) — The U.S. Soccer Federation could be looking at the Triangle for its new headquarters.

Cary Town Manager Sean Stegall confirmed Wednesday that the federation is considering moving operations to Cary.

If Cary is chosen, he said the headquarters would be based out of WakeMed Soccer Park.

The U.S. Soccer Federation, that is currently headquartered in Chicago, will make the move to the city they choose ahead of the 2026 World Cup.

Stegall said the conversations started about one year ago when the U.S. Soccer Federation reached out to the Town of Cary.

A few months ago, Town of Cary officials, including the mayor, flew to Chicago to pitch Cary to the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Stegall said their pitch included the Cary business community and how it could support the U.S. Soccer Federation, the WakeMed Soccer Park where the federation could expand on the grounds and Cary community’s passion for soccer, which goes back decades.

Cary is home to the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League.

“We welcome the challenge of figuring out exactly who is where and we would, I think, overall as a community benefit especially with the global attention coming from a World Cup in 2026,” said Steve Malik, chairman and owner of the NC Courage women’s soccer team.

He said it’s also exciting ahead of the Women’s World Cup is scheduled for this summer.

Stegall said the move would be a huge benefit not only to Cary, but North Carolina and the Triangle as well.

“We’re already the home to USA Baseball, so maybe we’ll be home to USA Baseball as well as USA Soccer, which is the biggest sport in the world,” he said. “It would be a huge boom to the Cary brand, Cary’s reputation, and offer high-quality soccer to the region and our Cary citizens.”

Because of the possible economic boom, excitement is stirring in Fenton, a shopping center close to WakeMed Soccer Park.

“I think it would make the area even more desirable, just knowing that there’s something big here,” said Kaitlin Mertens, a barista for Carriage House Coffee. “It could bring people in for jobs too.”

“Having such a large network of people come to this area, especially it being the U.S. national team, would mean so much because we’re going to get so many visitors,” said Bailey Dygula, the general manager for Honeysuckle Gelato in Fenton. “We’re going to have people, possibly our favorite teammates, come out.”

Dygula said the gelato shop is a small business located out of Atlanta, Georgia, and they’re looking to grow. They hope possible crowds from across the country and the world will help them do so.

As far as the economic impact on Cary, Stegall said the U.S. Soccer Federation is working on an economic analysis for the area.

Once that’s done, he said the Town of Cary plans to do its own review.

Town Manager Stegall doesn’t know when the U.S. Soccer Federation will officially make the decision.

He says it could come within the next few weeks or months.