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USMNT, United Bid receive major lift with 2026 World Cup approval

14 June 2018
USMNT, United Bid receive major lift with 2026 World Cup approval

The United States won't play a match in the 2018 World Cup, but it will play host to a flurry of them within the next decade.

Fifa members vote Wednesday on whether to award the 2026 World Cup to frontrunners North America or to underdogs Morocco, which has African support to bring football's showpiece event back to the continent.

The United bid won ahead of Morocco with 67 per cent of the 203 votes cast at the Federation Internationale de Football Association congress in Moscow on Wednesday. If the "none of the bids" option wins, it would mean the bidding process would re-open to any country, with the exception of the four bidding nations (Morocco, Canada, Mexico and the U.S.). "This is a reward for our unwavering belief and commitment to the growth of soccer, and we will continue to make major strides over the next eight years to ensure that we stage an unforgettable World Cup".

Under the current blueprint, the US would host the lion's share of games with 60, compared to 10 each for Canada (with Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto serving as host cities) and Mexico.

But with the tournament expanding from 32 to 48 teams in 2026, tripling the hosts would not cause as many ripples. It's not clear how that would work with three countries as co-hosts.

Delegates of Canada, Mexico and the United States celebrate after winning a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Qatar, who will host in 4 years' time, will mark the first time the tournament is played during winter months because of the nation's high temperatures during summertime.

The U.S., Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.

According to the United Bid, FIFA will decide the host cities in 2020 or 2021.

The evaluation report also offers a "technical scoring" of the two bids, with Morocco getting 274.9 out of 500, compared to the United bid's 402.8 total.

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There have also been worries that his travel ban blocking immigration from several Muslim-majority countries, which is being challenged in the US Supreme Court could affect fans, officials and players from attending the tournament. The U.S. failed to qualify in 2018.

Previous hosts had been decided by the FIFA Executive committee, now known as the FIFA Council.

Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City are up for consideration in Mexico, while Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton are the Canadian cities that have been proposed.

Pulisic will be 23 when the next World Cup rolls around in 2022, and the young star fully intends to not only be in the field, but make a run with the U.S.

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.

Morocco, on the other hand, promised a "European" World Cup in Africa, playing on the north African nation's proximity to Europe.

By no means does the award of 2026 take away that grief, nor should it, but what the positive vote does offer the US and its North American mates is an exciting beginning to a new era.

Miami and Orlando are among the 23 cities in the running to host matches, and Hard Rock Stadium - built for soccer and known as a host to sold-out global matches - is expected to be selected.