North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

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The 1994 World Cup ― which Brazil won in front of 94,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California ― also led to the creation of Major League Soccer, the American professional league that began play in 1996.

In a historic vote held in Moscow on Wednesday, the "United Bid" of Canada, Mexico and the United States beat out Morocco to win the right to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, marking the first time that global soccer's marquee event will touch down on Canadian soil.

Member associations voted Wednesday at the FIFA Congress in Moscow in favour of the North American bid over that of Morocco.

The North American bid was seen as a safer bet than Morocco, whose proposal was deemed "high risk" in several key areas.

The 80 matches in the 2026 tournament, involving an expanded roster of 48 teams, will be held in stadiums scattered throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Football-crazy Mexico hosted in 1970 and in 1986, the tournament remembered for Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal.

As this year's installment of the tournament gets ready to kick off in Russian Federation on Thursday, Moscow had been the scene of fevered last-minute campaigning by both bid teams in recent days, United and Moroccan figureheads pitching up at every gathering of continental soccer organizations to push their case.

For the U.S. it will be a second time as World Cup hosts, following the tournament in 1994, while for Mexico it will be an unprecedented third time after holding the event in 1970 and 1986.

Officials celebrate after the announcement that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.

The vote leaves Morocco reeling from a fifth failure in a World Cup hosting vote, with the continent's sole tournament coming in 2010 in South Africa.

Will the United States, Mexico and Canada all get automatic bids? Newly elected U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said multiple times that he did not believe Trump's stances would have an effect on the voting process.

Federation Internationale de Football Association have also explained that teams from all over the world will now have an "equal chance" of rising the rankings after the old weighting variables that favoured European and South American nations has been removed.

Joking aside though, the US has a track record of putting on quality events, whether that be the 1994 World Cup, the Olympic Games and beyond.

The decision will be a shot in the arm for football, or soccer, in the USA, after the national team failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in a huge setback for the game there.

Mr. Trump's own lobbying via Twitter for the U.S. -Canada-Mexico bid has proven similarly double-edged, with some saying its tone and implied threats violated FIFA's bidding rules of conduct.

The United States would stage 60 games, and MetLife Stadium in suburban New York City is proposed for the final.

Canada and the United States did not qualify for the tournament.

"I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country to continue to work for football and realise one day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".

The 2026 award is also a victory for many of FIFA's corporate partners, which will have the advantage of more teams and the world's biggest media market.

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