A primer on the expanded tournament coming to North America

World Cup 2026: U.S.-Mexico-Canada bid chosen as host

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A reinvigorated Russian side are hitting top form ahead of their World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, the tournament hosts' manager Stanislav Cherchesov has said.

Perhaps most crucially, Americans are no longer isolated from the world game and thousands of them watch Europe's Champions League and England's Premier League, developing a knowledge of the sport and its greatest talents. "And the boys on the football team made me feel at home". Those numbers, if reached, will surpass previous World Cup records.

"We will take all the possible time to see if there is a clear red card", said Busacca, who was a 2010 World Cup referee.

The last time they did that was in 1986 - in Mexico.

The current USSF president Carlos Cordeiro believes the 2026 World Cup will be a "lightning rod" for soccer in the United States.

After the USA men's national team missed out on qualifying for this summer's tournament, which kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday, the news of the successful bid was a boost to frustrated American soccer fans.

Decisions over which cities will be selected will happen over the next two years. In 2014 when Brazil hosted the World Cup, it suffered the most embarrassing loss in the nation's history, a 7-1 semifinal loss to Germany.

The United bid received 134 votes to 65 for Morocco, with one of the 203 votes opting for neither side.

The North American countries convinced voters that they would be able to host the event effectively.

United States soccer president Carlos Corderio said after his bid's success on Wednesday: "It's a bit emotional for us today". That means swelling the coffers from FIFA's signature tournament to allow President Gianni Infantino to distribute cash to the around the world to member federations.

FIFA's hosting selection process was revamped in the wake of recent scandals enveloping the world governing body of soccer.

Pena Nieto posted a video to his Twitter feed in which he said: "Football knows that Canada, the United States and Mexico are deeply united". However, the French legend was also voted the best player at the tournament, scoring three goals in six games, including one in the final.

Iveson said host cities need between about $30 to $50 million to cover transportation and security costs and other improvement, and that he is looking for provincial money to help support that bid.

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