After the Men's National Team failed to reach this summer's tournament, which kicks off Thursday in Russian Federation, the United Bid (a cooperative between the U.S., Mexico and Canada) won the right to host the 2026 World Cup. "Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the World Cup in 2026".
The World Cup remains the second-biggest global sporting event after the Olympic Games and offers a ratings bonanza for broadcasters around the world.
They followed up by heading to South America, where nine of 10 CONMEBOL countries - Brazil being the lone exception - ended up voting for the US, Canada and Mexico.
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and Toronto Mayor John Tory both retweeted of a video of North American representatives reacting to the success of the united bid Wednesday. "The uncertainty for taxpayers, coupled with FIFA's inflexibility and unwillingness to negotiate, were clear indications that further pursuit of the bid wasn't in Chicago's best interests", the mayor's office said at the time.
For a 48-team competition spread across the North American continent, the number of tune-up matches in the United States would likely increase significantly. The attractive game transcends borders and cultures.
FIFA's official list for the 2018 World Cup showed nine of the 32 teams chose base camps separate from any of the tournament venues, some of them in cities with fewer than 100,000 residents. "Football today is the only victor". "We'll have discussions with U.S. Soccer about what happens next". The United States, which hosted the 1994 World Cup, is to host 60 of the 80 matches, including those in the knockout phase, while Canada and Mexico will get just 10 group-stage matches each. The North African country claimed 33 per cent of the vote.
USA soccer president Carlos Corderio said after his bid's success on Wednesday: "It's a bit emotional for us today".
"We cast our vote for the United bid as we believe the independent technical assessment made its advantages very clear. It's about building the sport in those eight years using the leverage of the World Cup ... and hoping that the game is at a higher level the day after".