US, Mexico, Canada embark on World Cup history with winning bid

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo right plays the ball with teammates during the training session of Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Kratovo outskirts Moscow Russia Russia Soccer WCup Portugal Kratovo Russian Federation- 13 Jun 2018

Catlett expects discussions with U.S. Soccer over Jacksonville's potential role in supporting events to start within the next two to three months.

"Thank you for the incredible privilege", US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro told voting delegates from 203 countries today. 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.

Canada hosted the 24-team FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015, as well as the Under-20 World Cup in 2007. "Kids who are now 8, 10, 12 years old can all dream of potentially playing for a national team".

When Kelsey Plum was scorching all of women's basketball for the Huskies past year, Hec Ed would sell out in support.

The North Americans pledged their tournament would generate an $11 billion profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association - greater than any previous World Cup finals - a financial shot in the arm for world soccer's governing body, which has been rocked by a corruption and bribery scandal ensnaring top officials.

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Futbol has always been king in Mexico, but now there are more kids playing soccer in Canada than hockey. "If I was 14, knowing that in eight years the World Cup is there, I'd be working my socks off to become a professional and to join the national team and then hopefully play the World Cup in 2026", said Bernier.

While Trump has been feuding with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over tariffs and policy after the G-7 meeting and with Mexican leaders about his proposed border wall, the heads of state are not heavily involved in this World Cup bid.

"We're not missing our own home World Cup". MLS commissioner Don Garber called it "a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America" and added "there's no doubt that World Cup 2026 will elevate the sport of soccer to entirely new levels". "But the money we generate can be reinvested in football". "I'm very enthusiastic and soccer fans, and sports fans in general and everyday citizens are very favourable to this announcement". Iran, fans of neither the U.S.

It's not unusual for cities to earn selection as team base camps even if they're not hosting matches. Preparation for the World Cup will not require major construction work because the 16 stadiums where matches will be played already exist. However, the New York Times has reported that United bid officials have letters from the USA president saying all teams that qualify - and their fans - will be able to enter the country.

The man chairing Calgary 2026 sees the awarding of World Cup matches to Canada as a good harbinger for an Olympic bid, should the city go for it. "The critical day is what's it look like the day after?"

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