Want to see World Cup soccer played in Baltimore? Sign the city's online petition at . Civic leaders are hoping a heavy cyber turnout this week will boost Baltimore's chances to host either the 2018 or 2022 games. Though a long shot, the city is one of 27 U.S. venues, from Boston to San Diego, competing for the World Cup. As of Thursday, Baltimore ranked near the bottom in petition signatures with nearly 3,200. Seattle led with more than 19,000. The USA Bid Committee said it will begin to pare that list to 18 cities this month. Next December, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) will announce the host nations for the two events, held every four years. Besides the U.S., those countries being considered include Australia, Belgium-Netherlands, England, Indonesia, Japan, Qatar (2022), Russia, South Korea (2022) and Spain-Portugal.