USA, Canada and Mexico to host football World Cup 2026

A souvenir vendor shakes hands with a Mexican football fan near Red Square in Moscow

A souvenir vendor shakes hands with a Mexican football fan near Red Square in Moscow

"We'll get the team performing and we'll qualify if we have to", John Herdman told CTV's Your Morning Wednesday, just about an hour after the announcement that the joint bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States had beaten Morocco to host the 48-team tournament.

Federation Internationale de Football Association insists that contracts with host cities contain a provision they be governed under Swiss law and give Federation Internationale de Football Association the ability to modify agreements at any time.

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.

In the most positive news in American soccer in years, the United 2026 bid prevailed and the World Cup will be returning to the United States for this first time since 1994.

Morocco secured 65 votes, with the one remaining going to "none of the bids". None of the US, Canada or Mexico work all that often with their AFC counterparts, but the United Bid team sensed an opportunity in the region.

For all that Seattle has done to grow the game in the US, this soccer-crazed city deserves to host in the World Cup.

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

During the next month, the men's national teams will compete in 12 venues in 11 cities around Russian Federation.

Bernier, who is employed by the Montreal Impact as a coach in its youth academy, said the arrival of the tournament in North America and potentially in Montreal will give a boost to young Canadian players with the talent and the drive to play professionally.

Mexico also played host in 1970 and 1986 but Canada has never done so before. Kansas City is among 23 cities listed in the bid as candidate cities to host some of the 80 matches that will be played in the three countries over the course of the event.

"I'm a proud Canadian citizen and my dream is to one play in the World Cup, maybe even in my hometown of Edmonton", said Davies, whose parents fled the civil war in Liberia.

Earlier in the year, there were fears that opposition to US President Donald Trump could endanger the US-led bid for the 2026 World Cup, but those fears were allayed at the 68th Fifa Congress in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday.

"This announcement is huge for soccer in the US and maybe even bigger for soccer in Nashville", said Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation President and CEO Butch Spyridon.

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