It was quickly dubbed the "NAFTA World Cup" on social media, but soccer fans and observers could not help seeing Wednesday's news that the United States, Mexico and Canada will jointly host the 2026 World Cup through the lens of border walls, tariffs and Trump. Kansas City and Cincinnati are the only candidate cities in the Midwest.
"They have made a decision among themselves but ultimately it will be up to FIFA to decide", FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters Wednesday.
Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are now the only Canadian cities that could host matches.
The North American bid beat competition from Morocco, which was hoping to become just the second African country to host soccer's biggest global tournament.
According to Yahoo, the bid called for each of the three host nations to play in the opening matches. 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.
The "United" bid received 134 of the 203 votes cast at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, while Morocco polled 65. This will be the first time since 2002 that the World Cup will be held in multiple nations.
Martinez, who now plays in a high school-level training program in Edmonton, also has World Cup fever, but he's not sure whether he'd prefer to play for Canada or Mexico.
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A successful North American bid would likely also give the Canadian national team an automatic berth into the 2026 tournament.
"Today, I'm 17 years old and I play for the (Canadian) men's national team".
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday in Russian Federation, with a field of 32 teams from around the globe competing in a monthlong tournament that concludes July 15.
A late entry to the 2026 hosting sweepstakes, Morocco was classy in defeat.
Field dimensions smaller than FIFA's standard for World Cup matches, Catlett said, were the chief obstacles. Mexico and Canada will get 10 games each. This effort was an enormous priority for former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and his successor Carlos Cordeiro and the victorious effort could be an enormous boost to the sport in the United States.
Vancouver, which hosted the 2015 Women's World Cup final, will watch from the sidelines after the B.C. government cited concerns over the possible costs of being a host city.
Fifa's president, Gianni Infantino, looked opportunistically quick to immediately put himself forward for re-election next year, and he was followed by USA president Donald Trump with a self-congratulatory tweet.