U.S., Canada & Mexico to host 2026 World Cup

Lloyd Doyle
June 14, 2018

The North America bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the vote of the FIFA Congress in Moscow which saw one member vote for "neither bid". "Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege, the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026", an emotional US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on stage after the vote.

In the most positive news in American soccer in years, the United 2026 bid prevailed and the World Cup will be returning to the United States for this first time since 1994. The stadium has also hosted World Cup qualifying games in the past. Two American teenagers will be in the UEFA Champions League next year and youth national teams have been posting significantly improved results the past three years.

The United 2026 bid has selected 23 host cities, from which the final 16 must be chosen.

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY - home of the NFL's Giants and Jets - is proposed for the final. It will be the first time since 1994 that the USA will have hosted the monthlong soccer extravaganza, and will come two years before Los Angeles welcomes back the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Fox Sports COO Eric Shanks on the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation and the announcement the 2026 World Cup will be held in Canada, Mexico and America. Under the United Bid proposal, the list of host cities for the world's most watched sporting event likely will include two or three in Canada, three in Mexico and 10 in the United States. Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are in the running to be among the 16 host cities. Hasseltine said. "We want to make sure the legacy lives forever and lives long beyond the games' being here".


Toronto's mayor noted that Canada had little chance of hosting the global soccer tournament on its own, but will now reap the benefits resulting from its participation in the joint bid. Both the United States and Canada failed to qualify for this year's World Cup. "At the end of the day, we are all united in football".

Three US territories did not vote although American Samoa did on account of their delegate holding a New Zealand passport.

"My dream is to someday compete in the World Cup, maybe even in my home town of Edmonton".

"I mean, this is like football Christmas for anyone", said the coach of Canada's national team, John Herdman, who called the decision a game-changer that will help stop the exodus of Canadian soccer players. Thus far, cities in contention to host are New York/New Jersey, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Nashville, Orlando, San Francisco/San Jose, and Cincinnati.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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