Canada part of winning World Cup bid for 2026 men's soccer showcase

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World Cup 2026: U.S.-Mexico-Canada bid chosen as host

Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015.

This regional allegiance between Mexico, the USA and Canada takes on a greater significance with the recent announcement that the three countries will jointly host the World Cup in North America in 2026.

"Thank you so, so very much for this incredible honor", Carlos Cordeiro, president of the US soccer federation said after the vote was taken. However, the New York Times has reported that United bid officials have letters from the US president saying all teams that qualify - and their fans - will be able to enter the country.

In the strongly negative camp is Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona, who laments the lack of a true soccer culture in North America, and specifically, Mexico's lack of success in the history of the World Cup. The U.S. hosted in 1994.

Mexico will host only 10 matches of the 80 to be played in the expanded tournament with matches played at the historic Estadio Azteca in Mexico City and attractive, modern facilities in Monterrey's Estadio BBVA Bancomer and Chivas de Guadalajara's Estadio Akron.

Thus, the biggest sporting event worldwide is the quadrennial FIFA World Cup. But all signs point to yes, especially with the field expanded to 48 teams from 32.

The three hosts were all expected to qualify automatically for the tournament as has been the tradition for host nations.

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The North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes. But that is not carved in stone.

Morocco appeared too hazardous as a potential host when all 14 venues had to be built or renovated as part of a $16 billion investment in new infrastructure.

The cases of Saudi Arabian referee Fahad Al Mirdasi and Kenyan assistant Aden Range Marwa "surprised us a lot", he said. Chicago and Minneapolis also withdrew, citing similar worries. Germany will be 90 minutes away from their second straight World Cup, while France will be 90 minutes away from getting redemption from the 2016 Euros final loss.

Russian Federation and Qatar were picked by the 24-member FIFA Executive Committee, several members of which have been convicted on corruption charges.

Davies' parents fled their home in Monrovia, Liberia, to escape a civil war. "But when I was five years old, a country called Canada welcomed us in", he told the Congress.

"We still have a great shot though there's still more work to do to get to the finish line", Iveson said Wednesday.

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"Not only our people and our families, not only our businesses, also in football they know that Canada, the United States and Mexico are deeply united", he continued.

United States soccer president Carlos Corderio said after his bid's success on Wednesday: "It's a bit emotional for us today".

In its film presentation, Morocco billed itself "a country with a heart beating for football, a country where football is more than a sport".

So when Duker, the Kansas City Soccer Club director of operations, found out that Kansas City, Missouri, could potentially host some of the 2026 World Cup games, he was ecstatic.

For his only rival, Morocco, voted 65 national associations.

On paper, the two bids are worlds apart. It was a high scoring game that produced six goals.

The so-called United bid gets 17 low-risk assessments and three medium (organizing cost, legal-government support, and human rights and labour standards).

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