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Trump hails US, Mexico, Canada 2026 SWC win via Twitter

13 June 2018

Nations at the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow backed North America's joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

"Football is the only victor", US Soccer boss Carlos Cordeiro said, according to BBC.

The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco.

The 2026 World Cup will take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico, FIFA has announced. Fox, Fox Sports and Telemundo Deportes have USA broadcast rights to this year's tournament - for which the US national team failed to qualify - and also for 2026.

With only about 4 million registered soccer players in the United States out of a population of 330 million, Cordeiro sees the 2026 World Cup as a potential beacon, in addition to being a catalyst for greater expansion.

For the first time, the World Cup will feature 48 teams after Federation Internationale de Football Association voted to expand the tournament in January 2017. It will also be the first tournament to be hosted by three countries, Goal reported. The U.S. government's ongoing investigation into corruption in global soccer rattled FIFA's old guard in its halls of power.

A third option to vote for neither bid got just one vote, from Iran.

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As it stands now, 60 games will be played in the United States, with Mexico and Canada hosting 10 each. But that is not carved in stone.

Other cities on the list are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, Montreal, Nashville, New York/NewJersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, DC.

The United 2026 bid has selected 23 host cities, from which the final 16 must be chosen.

Mayor Valérie Plante signalled her approval on Twitter early Wednesday.

Qualifying teams from around the world (and their fans) will be landing in major cities across Canada to compete in the 2026 tournament. Chicago and Minneapolis also withdrew, citing similar worries.

America's 250th birthday party will have a special guest of honor: the world's biggest sporting event.

Bid leader Carlos Cordeiro has urged Federation Internationale de Football Association members to vote on the "merits" of the bid, not Mr Trump's divisive policies.

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"I don't feel betrayed". Canada, for their part, has eight years to prepare a men's team worthy of their place at the party. And I'm a proud Canadian citizen.

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Reed called Canada a "growing football nation that proudly welcomes people from all over the world". All of the proposed stadiums exist already.

North American bid leaders have promised to deliver a record $11 billion profit - music to Fifa's ears.

"Now we're asking for a second chance to show our abilities", he said through an interpreter. American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.

On paper, the two bids are worlds apart.

Before the vote was held, the organization displayed its evaluation of the two top bids, showing that it had given a decisive edge to the North Americans in several crucial criteria, covering stadiums, accommodations and transport.

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Morocco plans to use 14 stadiums, nine of which have yet to be built with the other five due for renovation.

Trump hails US, Mexico, Canada 2026 SWC win via Twitter