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The North American Unified Bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States has won the right to host the 2026 World Cup. The Unified Bid received 134 votes by the 211 FIFA or Fédération Internationale de Football Association member nations to 65 votes for fellow bidders Morocco.
This was the first time all members were allowed to vote. The votes were published at the end of the voting. This open vote system came about after the scandal ridden bids in 2010. With widespread investigations into possible bribery by Russia and Qatar to get the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The reactions around Major League soccer and North America took to twitter and morning talk shows. Don Garber Major League Soccer called the bid award “Rocket Fuel” Former USMNT player Alexi Lalas was clearly emotional when he saw the result while covering the World Cup in Moscow. Fernando Fiore seen clearly sobbing with happiness.
Twitter lit up with not only past men’s team players but the Women of the NWSL as well. This event will take soccer in this country to new heights
The Bid included 23 possible host cities but that number will eventually be lowered to 16. The 23 cities are In Canada Edmonton Montreal and Toronto. In Mexico the cities are Guadalajara Mexico City and Monterrey. In the United States There are 17 cities still in the running. Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City Missouri, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. FIFA will eventually narrow the list to just 16.
All of the logistics will have to ironed out, like dates of the Tournament later on. The United Bid scored high in a report on it’s infrastructure and ability to host the 48 team Tournament, as the World Cup will be increased to 48 teams in 2026. But we do have roughly 2,920 days to figure it out. This is the first time the World Cup will have three Host cities It is known however that the final will be played at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. The United States hosted the Tournament in 1994, that FIFA dubbed the most successful ever.
Major League Soccer had this to say about the 2026 World cup coming to North America and the impact it could have on Soccer in this country.
Every 10 and 12-year-old boy playing soccer today in North America is beginning to dream of playing in a World Cup in their own country. Christian Pulisic will be only 27 by this World Cup, so perhaps he can lead the USA in to the final and walk out of the Stadium with the Trophy. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s son while American by birth will only be eight years old then, so he can not yet help the Chicago Fire or the USA win the World Cup.