US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals

Clay Curtis
June 14, 2018

Russians will be hoping Mourinho is proved right, and that the World Cup party starts with a welcome win for the hosts.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins Thursday with hosts Russian Federation squaring off against Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the tournament. Their lone opponent was Morocco.

The joint bid had been the front-runner for the 48-team tournament from the moment a North American coalition was first mooted two years ago, and there have been spells when it has looked like the only credible candidate.

Seventeen sites across the United States will host, including Philadelphia and East Rutherford, NJ, which will host the 2026 World Cup Final at MetLife Stadium. Canada's sole World Cup appearance was in 1986 in Mexico, where they did not score a goal, losing to France, Hungry and the Soviet Union in the group stage.

The United 2026 bid has selected 23 host cities, from which the final 16 must be chosen.

"United States (is) working together with Canada and Mexico for the United bid, for your advice and your support".

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Bilello also said that he assumes Gillette Stadium would have a "grass surface" installed for games, as it wouldn't affect the Patriots.

In its bid proposal to FIFA, United 2026 listed Wellesley College, the Nobles and Greenough School, Harvard University, and the Revolution's practice field as viable training facilities for global teams staying in the Boston area. Whether FIFA also extends this courtesy to Mexico and Canada - the latter a relative nonentity in worldwide soccer that has qualified for just one World Cup in 1986 - remains to be seen. In short, it means games will potentially be played locally (as was the case when the US hosted in 1994).

Filato said the city estimates the financial return from hosting World Cup games will be around $200 million. "We agreed on an African position and stayed with it", said Mwendwa, in an interview with the Nation Sport from Moscow.

So Morocco concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone.

In 2026, however, there won't be any official World Cup festivities in Chicago, after Mayor Rahm Emanuel pulled out of the North American bid in March. The four countries directly involved (USA, Canada, Mexico and Morocco) and three US-governed territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands).

The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches.

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