The World Cup is to return to North America for a fourth time after Federation Internationale de Football Association members voted to award the right to host the 2026 tournament to a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Major League Soccer released the following statement: "The decision to host World Cup 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the United States is a testament to our three nations coming together for the United Bid, and a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America". The "United" bid from North America went in as the front-runner after inspectors gave it a score of 4 out of 5 in terms of the countries' ability and readiness to organize an excellent tournament.
"On behalf of our United bid, thank you so, so much for this incredible honour", an emotional U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on the Congress stage.
The U.S., Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup.
The World Cup will expand to 48 teams and 80 games for 2026 and the USA will stage 60 of those matches.
Mexico has previously hosted two World Cups, in 1970 and 1986. Canada has never held the competition, but it did host the 2015 Women's World Cup.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would be glad to see all guests here in Moscow and certainly this concerns the guests from the United States at the highest level", Peskov said, speaking on whether Trump could be invited to Moscow as a guest at the World Cup.
Which cities will host the World Cup matches? North America had to fend off a competing bid from Morocco, and fight through some rough seas.
Canada's games will be split between three host cities with Toronto potentially hosting four games and Montreal and Edmonton taking three each.
If we're spitballing, it's hard to imagine the United States being forced to qualify for a World Cup in which it's the predominant host.
"We cast our vote for the "United" bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear". And the United committee's bid packet is expecting the 2026 event to be even more lucrative, projecting a record $14 billion in revenue and $11 billion in profits.
Delegates were faced with a choice between a slick joint bid, or Morocco's offer that would have brought the tournament to Africa for a second time.