Nashville leaders react to news of North America's 2026 World Cup

14 June, 2018, 15:11 | Author: Cecelia Webb
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"Our country is ready to host the FIFA World Cup, and provide everyone who will come to Russian Federation with maximum comfort and the best emotions possible", Putin said at the 68th FIFA Congress, held in Moscow on Wednesday.

Canada, the USA and Mexico will make one last pitch Wednesday at the FIFA Congress in Moscow for their joint 2026 World Cup bid. The United States is likely to have 10 cities selected to host games, while Mexico and Canada are expected to each have three.

"The fact that we have the opportunity to be a part of a World Cup that's still eight years away, and benefit from the buildup to 2026... the sport is in a growth spurt right now, at the professional and the registration level", he said. "We'll have discussions with U.S. Soccer about what happens next".

Factoring in an expansion to BMO Field - the bid document lists its tournament capacity at 45,500 - opening day could draw more than 220,000 spectators through the turnstiles.

The United States last hosted the men's World Cup in 1994.

"I would have liked nothing better than to watch a World Cup match and potentially BC place in 2026", he said in an interview.

"Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026".

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

That means at least one tournament destination should be within easy driving distance for Northeast Florida fans, although tickets may be pricey.

"This opportunity will allow the government of Canada to continue playing a crucial role in the development and success of athletes at an worldwide level", she said in a statement.

It's unclear at the moment how travel will shake out and how far teams will have to travel for matches.

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.

Because it is co-hosting with two other countries, it is not yet clear if Canada will get the traditional automatic host-country qualification for the 2026 tournament. 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.

Stanislav Cherchesov's team are also without a win in seven games - although Mourinho still believes that can overcome the Saudis, led by manager Juan Antonio Pizzi.



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