Trump tweets congratulations to North America World Cup 2026 winning bid

4505072383 United States Mexico & Canada Bid Wins Vote For 2026 World Cup

In a historic vote held in Moscow on Wednesday, the "United Bid" of Canada, Mexico and the United States beat out Morocco to win the right to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, marking the first time that global soccer's marquee event will touch down on Canadian soil.

The US, Mexico and Canada received 134 votes (67 percent) with the Morocco bid earning 65 votes.

Want smart World Cup analysis, opinions, viewing guides and more? That event set attendance and television viewership records and helped kick-start the rapid growth of men's professional soccer in the country.

For years, North America has looked at avenues to grow its game, and while some may argue that a 48-team competition will dilute the World Cup field, for CONCACAF and the rest of the World Cup it opens up a brand-new opportunity for teams that have previously been left at the alter.

Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986. 60 matches will take place in the USA with the remaining 20 split evenly between Canada and Mexico. The United States staged the tournament in 1994.

"What can really be the legacy, whether we host matches or are just involved with this in some other grand scheme, that can make sure that Baltimore and the state of Maryland have maximized the potential of being a part of the World Cup?" Canada's sole World Cup appearance was in 1986 in Mexico, where they did not score a goal, losing to France, Hungry and the Soviet Union in the group stage.

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The North American nations' pitch outscored Morocco on the official evaluation, which laid the groundwork for a return to the continent for the first time since U.S. hosted alone in 1994. "Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege", Carlos Cordeiro, the president of U.S. Soccer, said after the decision was announced at a Federation Internationale de Football Association meeting in Moscow.

The expanded 2026 men's event, featuring 48 teams for the first time, will be played in 16 different cities - 10 in the US, plus three sites in both Canada and Mexico. "It should be based on the merits of the bid". "We are all united in football".

Hence the reason why they are so strong-minded about the thorny issue of the four overseas U.S. territories who Morocco believes should not be allowed to vote because of a conflict of interest. "Categorically, nobody", Cordeiro said.

The 2018 World Cup opening match and final will be played in Moscow at the Luzhniki stadium.

"We see very limited economic impact at the national level given the limited duration of the World Cup and the very large size of the country's economy", Moody's analysts said in a report last May, adding that the expected boost to tourism "will likely be short-lived".

Willa Frej contributed reporting.

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