US, Mexico, Canada embark on World Cup history with winning bid

The 68th FIFA Congress will determine the site of the 2026 tournament, selecting from a joint North American bid submitted by Canada, the United States and Mexico, or a bid from Morocco.

The last time the US hosted the World Cup was in 1994, with Brazil winning the tournament at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The United States, Mexico and Canada will host soccer's biggest event in 2026.

The joint bid won 134 votes (67%) out of the 203 entitled to vote with Morocco bagging 65 (33%) when voting took place in Moscow on Wednesday, a day ahead of the Russia World Cup 2018.

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The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches. Although just four million players are registered in the US, despite a population of a third of a billion, Cordeiro said he believes that amount can be tripled by bringing the game to our "disenfranchised and underserved".

Brazil will play their first game of the tournament against Switzerland at the 45,000-seater Rostov Arena on Sunday.

The city is working with the Edmonton Eskimos and other community groups on a master plan to upgrade Commonwealth Stadium.

Lenarduzzi said with or without Vancouver, co-hosting the event will be an important step for Canada's growing soccer community, which he said is undergoing a renaissance. Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

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"I can only say that I'm absolutely disappointed that Vancouver won't be a part of the 2026 World Cup, given that I've spent the amount of time that I have in the sport, and what a great opportunity that would have been to see it in your own backyard", Bob Lenarduzzi told CKNW's The Jon McComb Show.

British Columbia's government is standing by a decision that will leave the province on the sidelines when the World Cup comes to Canada in 2026.

"Right now the plan that we submitted was for temporary (seats), which meet the Federation Internationale de Football Association standards but ... as we continue to grow, it may be that we decide that we make them permanent", Toronto FC president Bill Manning said.

A total of 80 games will be played with 60 planned in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to National Football League teams New York Giants and New York Jets. "If we could put the question of the province's support behind us, then we can make sure that we check all the other boxes and make it to the final 16".

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