But Morocco, bidding for a fifth time, had closed the gap on "United 2026" to the point that nobody in Moscow wanted to make a public prediction ahead of the vote at the FIFA Congress, where 207 member associations, minus the four bidding nations, cast ballots.
The joint North American bid defeated the bid of Morocco 134-65, with one vote for "None of the bids".
Earlier, US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro has said his bid would generate $14bn in revenue and make an $11bn profit for Federation Internationale de Football Association.
As a player nothing could possibly beat playing in front of your own fans in your own country at the World Cup and I hope our players of the future will be fortunate enough to experience this. Two American teenagers will be in the UEFA Champions League next year and youth national teams have been posting significantly improved results the past three years. Add World Cup as an interest to stay up to date on the latest World Cup news, video, and analysis from ABC News.More news: UK government wins Brexit skirmish by making concessions
Meanwhile, the USA hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986.
When Qatar won the 2022 bid in controversial fashion in 2010, it seemed like having the World Cup return to the United States would be impossible but the 2026 bid was first rate and combining Canada and Mexico was convincing.
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Delegates of Canada, Mexico and the United States celebrate after winning a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Canadian officials say they will push to keep all three of their host cities.
Alphonso Davies, the soft-spoken 17-year-old who has turned heads ever since he joined the professional ranks two years ago, was selected to represent Canada on the podium as the North American bid made its final push. "It's the global game and it's growing so large in the United States", said Hennessey. Canadian officials have already said that there is a movement to stage games in all three countries on the tournament's opening day, should the so-called United bid carry the day.
Miami and Orlando are among the 23 cities in the running to host matches, and Hard Rock Stadium - built for soccer and known as a host to sold-out worldwide matches - is expected to be selected.
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Shawnigan Lake School has hosted numerous Canadian national team rugby and rowing camps, as well as Vancouver Canucks development camps.
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