Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

Mexico-born soccer player Luis Martinez hopes to play in the 2026 World Cup but isn't sure whether he'd rather play for Mexico or Canada.

Ahead of tomorrow's World Cup in Russia, FIFA has announced that the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, reports NBC.

After 32 years, the World Cup will return to the U.S.in 2026, but Chicago won't host any games of the soccer tournament this time around.

As a result, Fifa's executive committee is no longer responsible for the final say on which country is awarded a World Cup.

Both bids were given a last chance to make their case with 15-minute presentations in front of Congress, at the Moscow Expocentre, where the North America bid pledged their tournament would generate an 11 billion dollar profit, while Morocco said theirs would make 5 billion.

The joint bid defeated Morocco's application with 134 of the 200 votes cast at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

Martinez, who now plays in a high school-level training program in Edmonton, also has World Cup fever, but he's not sure whether he'd prefer to play for Canada or Mexico.

So Morocco concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone.

The projections of revenues from Morocco, all 14 of whose proposed stadiums would have had to be newly built or renovated, were half the $14bn now promised from TV and stuffed stands in the USA, and that is a language all the Federation Internationale de Football Association family understands.

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Will the United States, Mexico and Canada all get automatic bids?

Canada has not qualified for the men's World Cup since 1986, when it had a dismal showing, scoring exactly zero goals in three games.

Of the 23 cities chosen as potential host sites, 15 now have MLS teams.

The North American bid offers up 23 candidate cities with Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal representing Canada.

Asked whether one country can host the 48-team behemoth, Infantino said a "big country, yes".

Although it would be the first tournament to be hosted by three nations, the vast majority of games will be held in the US.

Jerry Jones' AT&T Stadium has hosted Gold Cup matches and plenty of global friendlies.

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

"US President Donald Trump has disparaged Mexicans and wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico border".

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