USA, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Ruben Hill
June 14, 2018

"It just made a lot of sense to accommodate and expand a tournament have all three countries host and really kind of spread the football love all around North America", Shanks added. However, Shanks expects soccer's popularity to continue to grow in the USA within the next eight years. During the next month, the men's national teams will compete in 12 venues in 11 cities around Russian Federation.

There is no question that the last four years have been hard for American soccer.

Upon being awarded with the World Cup, the United 2026 organizing committee unveiled 23 finalists to be among the 16 host cities. Will this lead to more investment and improvement in Major League Soccer? Several foreign national teams also arranged games in the United States - including Spain against El Salvador in Washington, Japan against Costa Rica in Tampa, Ghana against South Korea in Miami and Portugal against Ireland in East Rutherford, N.J. - on their way to the final tournament in Brazil.

"We all wanted it, our team wanted it, the country wanted it". Having the league already in place gives this World Cup a stateside soccer engine to turbo-charge.

While Portland is known for its tremendous support of soccer, the city doesn't have a stadium that would support the attendance numbers expected for a World Cup game. The U.S. will host 60 games, Canada 10 games and Mexico 10 games. Cordeiro, Reed and de Maria held follow-up meetings with federations in Moscow, chatted individually with countries they missed while on tour and on Monday and Tuesday, presented to all six confederation congresses.

"There's a tremendous amount of ancillary events that go on around the World Cup", said Rick Catlett, president and chief executive officer of Gator Bowl Sports. "In 2026 the dollars will be more, more attention, impact".

Former West Ham defender John Paintsil was part of that 2006 Ghana squad and played a key role in the march to the quarter-finals, only to lose on penalties in a dramatic game against Uruguay. I'm a proponent of sport being beneficial in learning skills in life: "Why not soccer?"

"The longer the province delays, the more challenging that is, the more risk is that we drop off as one of the seven cities that doesn't get to do it". "We'll have discussions with U.S. Soccer about what happens next".

They have eight years to do so. It's a huge opportunity to put this city and country on the map. Another three are cities that will have expansion teams coming into MLS.

Pulisic, McKennie, Adams and Acosta, plus youngsters such as Josh Sargent and PSG's Queens-bred Timothy Weah, will be in their prime when the World Cup comes stateside. "The critical day is what's it look like the day after?" The games only last two hours.

"I mean, isn't that a great achievement?" "But I think it's also exciting to see the tournament over such a vast distance and see what that will bring".

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