USA, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

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The United States will be a host nation for soccer's World Cup in 2026, and Jacksonville could be among the destinations for the world's top players to tune up before the tournament kicks off.

Fox Sports COO Eric Shanks on the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation and the announcement the 2026 World Cup will be held in Canada, Mexico and America.

The joint bid had been the front-runner for the 48-team tournament from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate.

There will also be upgrades to the Olympic Stadium's sound and lighting systems that will occur regardless of whether Montreal is picked as a 2026 World Cup host city, Essiminy said.

Before the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Jacksonville served as the host for a friendly match between the US team and Moldova, played at Wolfson Park while the old Gator Bowl underwent extensive reconstruction.

The US hosted the World Cup in 1994, while the tournament was held twice in Mexico (1970 and 1986).

The United 2026 bid is led by the USA and they will provide at least 10 of the 16 host cities for the tournament.

The third plank was the prospect of a knock 'em dead kickoff to the tournament - three games back-to-back-to back in Toronto, Mexico City's Azteca Stadium and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Arturo Sarukhan, a diplomat who first proposed the idea of a joint Mexico-United States bid in 2010 when he was Mexico's ambassador in Washington, said he believed at the time it would show how Mexico's relationship with the United States "had changed and matured".

There will be 16 host cities split between the United States (10), Canada (three), and Mexico (three). Major League Soccer is already well established in the country's three biggest cities and will remain instrumental in developing players, with Canada's most promising rising star now featuring prominently on one of its teams.

"Today, I'm 17 years old and I play for the (Canadian) men's national team".

Each U.S. city would host at least five matches. This effort was an enormous priority for former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and his successor Carlos Cordeiro and the victorious effort could be an enormous boost to the sport in the United States.

While Canada has never hosted-or even qualified for-the men's World Cup, it can count on its more experienced co-hosts and current NAFTA partners.

President Trump tweeted his congratulations to those involved in winning the right to host the competition.