The soccer showpiece will return to the US for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, where the 2018 tournaments starts on Thursday. 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.
"We'll get the team performing and we'll qualify if we have to", John Herdman told CTV's Your Morning Wednesday, just about an hour after the announcement that the joint bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States had beaten Morocco to host the 48-team tournament.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup is coming to North America.
The United 2026 bid is led by the USA and they will provide at least 10 of the 16 host cities for the tournament. It will be the first time since 1994 that the US will have hosted the monthlong soccer extravaganza, and will come two years before Los Angeles welcomes back the 2028 Summer Olympics. Several foreign national teams also arranged games in the United States - including Spain against El Salvador in Washington, Japan against Costa Rica in Tampa, Ghana against South Korea in Miami and Portugal against Ireland in East Rutherford, N.J. - on their way to the final tournament in Brazil.
"FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk".
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It marks the fifth time the North African country has failed to secure the right to host the worldwide football tournament. The "United" bid from North America went in as the front-runner after inspectors gave it a score of 4 out of 5 in terms of the countries' ability and readiness to organize an excellent tournament.
The Luzhniki Stadium, which will be the scene for Thursday's opener between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, has been nearly completely rebuilt for the World Cup; while its cousin 40 minutes up the road, the Otkritie Arena, home of Spartak Moscow, will host seven tournament games. The lovely game transcends borders and cultures. "Football today is the only victor".
They are the most compelling reasons why we would be the best hosts.
According to U.S. Soccer, Canada and Mexico are each slated to host 10 matches, while the United States will host 60. Teams are expected to arrive at least five days before their first World Cup game and would remain at least throughout the group stage, except for the dates immediately before and after match days.