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Saudi Crown Prince heads to Russian Federation for World Cup

14 June 2018

But because the city has yet to be confirmed as an official Canadian host, a venue can not be finalized. On June 2, 2010, the MLS' Montreal Impact played a friendly against Serie A powerhouse A.C. Milan in a match that saw natural grass installed just for the one-off event.

The winning bid, which should feature 60 out of 80 Games in the U.S., will mark the return of football's showpiece event to North American soil for the first time since 1994. Their efforts paid off. Thirty-three of 46 AFC member nations voted for the United Bid on Wednesday, with one member (Iran) not voting for either bid.

The English Football Association revealed it had voted for the United 2026 bid in a statement.

While Portland is known for its tremendous support of soccer, the city doesn't have a stadium that would support the attendance numbers expected for a World Cup game.

The North America bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the vote of the FIFA Congress in Moscow which saw one member vote for "neither bid".

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The World Cup in 1994 changed everything for the sport and help build a fanbase that grew into what it is today. Hasseltine said. "We want to make sure the legacy lives forever and lives long beyond the games' being here".

"This shouldn't be a geopolitical discussion or decision", U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said this week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A successful North American bid would likely also give the Canadian national team an automatic berth into the 2026 tournament.

Mexico has previously hosted two World Cups, in 1970 and 1986.

Vancouver, which hosted the 2015 Women's World Cup final, will watch from the sidelines after the B.C. government cited concerns over the possible costs of being a host city.

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CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, has seven slots in the World Cup. Under the terms of the bid, Canada and Mexico will each host 10 matches.

"This announcement is huge for soccer in the USA and maybe even bigger for soccer in Nashville", said Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation President and CEO Butch Spyridon.

"If I was a 14-year-old player who was in the academy I could say to myself that one day I might be able to play for Canada in the World Cup in eight years", he said.

In the closing days before the vote, Trump ― who won't be president during the 2026 World Cup, even if he wins re-election in 2020 ― promised that visiting players and fans would not face visa problems around the tournament.

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Saudi Crown Prince heads to Russian Federation for World Cup