Led joint bid wins right to host 2026 World Cup

Led joint bid wins right to host 2026 World Cup

The U.S., Canada and Mexico will discover Wednesday whether their joint bid to host soccer's World Cup in 2026 has been successful.

Trump, who has called for a wall to be built on the USA southern border with Mexico to stem illegal immigration and just days ago attacked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on trade issues, praised the outcome as the result of "a great deal of hard work" on his Twitter feed.

While Trump has been feuding with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over tariffs and policy after the G-7 meeting and with Mexican leaders about his proposed border wall, the heads of state are not heavily involved in this World Cup bid.

Canada's only appearance at the World Cup came in 1986 when it loss all three of its games and crashed out in the first round.

Arrowhead Stadium was one of 23 sites included in the joint bid's official tendering to Federation Internationale de Football Association, including 17 in the United States.

CONCACAF, whose president - Canadian Victor Montagliani - played a key role in the bid, called the vote a "monumental victory" for the confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Denis Coderre, who was mayor when the bid was put forward, also sent out a congratulatory tweet. Mexico will host games for a record third time, after the 1970 and 1986 editions. It was all for wearing that jersey, to represent my country and get us to a World Cup.

Instead of three automatic places in the tournament, six will be given by that time.

The North America proposal, dubbed "United 2026", was an overwhelmingly popular choice amongst Federation Internationale de Football Association nation members as it received 134 votes - significantly more than Morocco's 65 votes.

Three US territories - Guam, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico - were among the other member nations to not vote.

Led joint bid wins right to host 2026 World Cup

Montopoli says there could be as many as 1,000 people in the room when the two rival bids make their presentations.

The report made the US-Canada-Mexico bid the clear favourite after rating it four out of five, and Morocco was not able to bridge the gap.

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY - home of the NFL's Giants and Jets - is proposed for the final.

Do Canada, Mexico and the United States of America automatically qualify?

"Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup in history". Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup, though it was the site of the 2015 Women's World Cup.

There were some concerns ahead of Wednesday's vote that anti-U.S. sentiment around the world, fuelled by President Donald Trump, would hurt the "United Bid".

"It was overwhelmingly emotional for everyone, not just for myself. Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!" "Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege".

"We felt our message was very strong", said Montopoli.

The result has been a jet-setting campaign from both bids who have travelled the globe in an attempt to win over the worldwide electorate. The United Bid is expecting to make more than half that in ticket revenue alone.

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