Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

U.S.,Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

U.S.,Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

"It's exciting", Robert Kraft, the owner of the stadium and both the football and soccer teams, said Wednesday. "Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege".

Federation Internationale de Football Association member delegations, voting Wednesday during their 68 Congress in Moscow, chose the so-called United Bid over a rival proposal from Morocco.

"I think Seattle has an advantage on some of those other cities that it's vying with, just based on recent soccer history", said Carr, who has covered three World Cups as ESPN's lead soccer researcher.

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

Brazil's Pele is the only player to win three World Cups: in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

Highlights of the bid included promising $11 billion in profit on more than $14 billion in revenue and an already strong infrastructure for hosting.

The United States will host 60 of the 80 games, including all of those in the latter stages, with Mexico and Canada each hosting ten.

Sixty matches will take place in the U.S., while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each.

The "United" bid, that will see 60 of the tournament's games held in the US, with Canada and Mexico getting 10 each, beat out the underdog campaign of Morocco to bring soccer's biggest show back to American soil.

Morocco was bidding for the fifth time to host the world's biggest single-sport fiesta, and has launched a compact bid in which all host cities are within a radius of maximum two hours by air travel.

"I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country to continue to work for football and realise one day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco". The projects that we have presented in the Bid Book will be realised.

"We cast our vote for the "United" bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear".

The UAE, along with current hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia were among the 134 countries who backed the North American bid.

Five times they have bid, and five times they have been overlooked - Morocco are perhaps destined to never host a World Cup.

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