The United 2026 bid (Canada-Mexico-US) officials react following the announcement that the United bid will host the 2026 World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress at the Expocentre in Moscow on June 13, 2018.
It will come 32 years after the US first hosted the 1994 World Cup, an event which kicked off the popularity of the sport in America. The congress is to choose the host or hosts for the 2026 World Cup. The decision was announced at FIFA's annual congress in Moscow on Wednesday.
The race to host the 2026 World Cup comes to a head on Wednesday with major pros and cons still connected to both the Morocco and "United" bids.
The joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada boasts modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links underpinned by Mexican football fervour.
Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986. Canada has never held the competition, but it did host the 2015 Women's World Cup.
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It's estimated that Canada may have to spend up to $55 million to co-host the 2026 games.
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The U.S. metro areas in the running are Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium), Boston (Gillette Stadium), Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium), Dallas (AT&T Stadium), Denver (Sports Authority Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl and the new National Football League stadium), Miami (Hard Rock Stadium), Nashville (Nissan Stadium), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Camping World Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), San Jose (Levi's Stadium), Seattle (Century Link Field) and Washington (FedEx Field).
After controversy surrounded the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russian Federation and the 2022 finals in Qatar, the vote was the first to be decided by the FIFA congress.
The 2026 tournament will feature an expanded field of 48 teams - as opposed to recent editions having 32 - and will mark the first time in FIFA's history that a three-nation bid has been awarded the showpiece event.
Sixty matches will take place in the USA, while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.
But it's no secret that soccer politics don't work by the book.
The report left the US-Canada-Mexico bid as the clear favorite after rating it four out of five.
The tweet caused Federation Internationale de Football Association to direct attention to the organization's ethics rules governing the bid process and "to the Bid Rules of Conduct incorporated therein", a spokesman said. The other American sites still on the short list are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Morocco has tried, and failed, four times before, in votes for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 tournaments - it lost out in the latter to South Africa, the only African nation ever to have hosted football's global showpiece.