Being the unbearably needy dweebs they are, the Premier League have chosen the first day of the World Cup to announce their fixtures for the 2018/19 season. "The attractive game transcends borders and cultures". And given that the 2026 tournament will be the first to host 48 teams-16 more than traditionally, infrastructure was a crucial factor.
"From the big picture standpoint, this is going to be a relatively easy, low-priced event to bring to North America and bring to Boston".
Canada has played host to numerous Federation Internationale de Football Association events in the past, including the men's Under-16 World Championship in 1982, the 2002 under-19 women's World Championship, the 2007 men's Under-20 World Cup, the 2014 Under-20 Women's World Cup and the 2015 Women's World Cup.
The North American bid had to overcome concerns about the effects of policies of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. "They hosted games and there were no problems". The United States is likely to have 10 cities selected to host games, while Mexico and Canada are expected to each have three.
"There's no bigger sporting event than the World Cup, and Nashville will be ready to host the best soccer players and fans on the planet eight years from now", Mayor David Briley said.
The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY - home of the NFL's Giants and Jets - is proposed for the final. American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.
Russia's game with Saudi Arabia will be the first in Group A. The second, which sees Mo Salah's Egypt take on Uruguay takes place at 1pm on Friday. "Soccer is one of the largest sports unequivocally in the United States, and there is no way you can't trace that back to 1994 and the ongoing influence it had on the sport in the country".
"We're feeling unbelievable emotions", he said.
There is also a chance to send an eighth team via an inter-continental playoff. Most importantly flowing from that, of course, is a munificence of dollars promised from the tournament for Federation Internationale de Football Association, and therefore for the voting countries.