Local leaders react to North America’s winning bid for 2026 World Cup

Lynette Rowe
June 14, 2018

"We are all united in football", US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said.

Toronto's mayor noted that Canada had little chance of hosting the worldwide soccer tournament on its own, but will now reap the benefits resulting from its participation in the joint bid.

He congratulated his rivals, saying "On behalf of the FRMF I wish to congratulate my colleagues, the presidents of the USA, Mexico, and Canada Football Associations, and I wish them all the best in organizing the FIFA World Cup and furthering the path of development of football". US will regroup in the coming years and attempt to clinch a spot in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar before turning its attention to home pursuits.

Due to the landscape, temperatures differ greatly and matches in Denver and Mexico City will be played at altitude.

President Donald Trump welcomed the news, tweeting: "The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup". Whether FIFA also extends this courtesy to Mexico and Canada - the latter a relative nonentity in worldwide soccer that has qualified for just one World Cup in 1986 - remains to be seen.

The USA already possesses the sufficient requirements of world-class stadia and worldwide airports to host the tournament and can boast that when they hosted the World Cup in 1994 they set a record for crowds.

ESPN reported, also Wednesday, that MetLife Stadium is "expected" to host the final.

Indeed, Trump's behind-the-scenes actions may even have helped sway some key votes.

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The 80 matches in the 2026 tournament, involving an expanded roster of 48 teams, will be held in stadiums scattered throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Morocco FA president Fouzi Lekjaa said: "I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country, Morocco, to continue to work for football, to work for the youth and also to realise some day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco". Infantino said Wednesday that discussions about the issue will be held in the weeks to come but added that CONCACAF, and not the FIFA Council, will make the decision.

The former Nigeria worldwide striker had earlier made an impassioned plea to the Congress to back a bid for another World Cup in Africa after South Africa hosted the 2010 tournament.

Spain abstained, its attention diverted by news that national team manager Julen Lopetegui was headed to Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid after the tournament.

Part of the United bid guaranteed all games would be played on natural grass, which means if Commonwealth Stadium is chosen as a final venue, the artificial turf would be replaced for the tournament.

The joint bid won 67 per cent of the votes at the Federation Internationale de Football Association congress over Morocco, which has now lost five bid campaigns.

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