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US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals

The 1994 World Cup ― which Brazil won in front of 94,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California ― also led to the creation of Major League Soccer, the American professional league that began play in 1996.

The North American bid was awarded the 2026 World Cup by a 134-65 vote over Morocco, which had thrown itself into the mix on the last day possible a year ago, then tried to garner support be denouncing the United Bid and more specifically President Donald Trump.

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association insiders, Morocco have received a late boost to their hopes with the expectation that four U.S. territories will abstain from the voting on Wednesday (today) despite Ghana's absence.

Morocco, on the other hand, promised a "European" World Cup in Africa, playing on the north African nation's proximity to Europe.

Even if Trump were to be elected for a second four-year term in 2020 he would not be president when the World Cup kicks off in 2026.

The current blueprint calls for Canada and Mexico to stage 10 games each with the US hosting 60.

"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026", Carlos Cordiero, the president of US Soccer told the delegates from more than 200 member nations following the vote. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported.

Although this time 207 FIFA federations will be voting, ignoring the recommendations of the technical experts, as happened in 2010 when Qatar emerged victorious for 2022, is a scenario the federations will take at their peril since this is an open ballot.

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup as Morocco lose out
US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup: FIFA vote

The FA was among the first to congratulate the US' joint bid with Mexico and Canada.

The United States won't play a match in the 2018 World Cup, but it will play host to a flurry of them within the next decade.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. 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. Mexico hasn't hosted the tournament since 1986. "We appreciated that as much as you can do, you are not guaranteed victory", he said. "Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!"

And unlike past World Cup hosting decisions, it is being made by the 211 FIFA members associations (minus the bidding countries and any under suspension) as opposed to the FIFA executive committee.

Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City are up for consideration in Mexico, while Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton are the Canadian cities that have been proposed.

Denis Coderre, who was mayor when the bid was put forward, also sent out a congratulatory tweet.

Out of the 53 CAF-affiliated countries; nine voted for the joint bid - Benin Republic, Botswana, Cape Verde, Guinea, Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The only other time multiple countries shared the World Cup was 2002, when Japan and South Korea were given passes into the competition.