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There were 65 votes (33%) for Morocco's bid.
Wednesday's vote, conducted during the Fifa Congress at Moscow's expo centre, provided a much-needed victory for American football, which is in the process of rebuilding the men's programme in the wake of last fall's failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.
This will be the first time since 2002 that the World Cup will be held in multiple nations. Canada and Mexico will each host 10 games.
The successful bid also comes as President Donald Trump is engaged in public feuds with the leaders of both those countries. It is expected U.S. will but Canada has only ever played at one World Cup, so their place is not a straightforward decision for those in power.
The joint North American bid boasted modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links underpinned by Mexican football fervour.
A statement released by the Colorado Rapids, the Denver Sports Commission and the Stadium Management Company said Denver is among approximately 23 cities in consideration to host World Cup games eight years from now. In addition, the United bid projected to bring in $14 billion, double that of Morocco.
The vote subsequently went for what was viewed as the safer option, passing over Moroccan arguments that the Cup could serve as an economic and sporting engine for Africa.
As a player nothing could possibly beat playing in front of your own fans in your own country at the World Cup and I hope our players of the future will be fortunate enough to experience this. Before the vote, some had suggested that a "Trump effect" was harming the United States' chances, saying the president's quarrels internationally were putting off some countries. The White House provided U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro with three separate letters that Cordeiro showed to delegates, containing guarantees from Trump that any immigration policies relating to predominantly Muslim countries would impose no restriction affecting the tournament. The country's hopes of becoming the second African country to host the cup after South Africa in 2010 hit a bump last week when a Federation Internationale de Football Association task force scored the bid 2.7 out of 5 following an inspection. "We are all united in football".
Collectively, the three countries have 17 stadiums which would require no extra work to make them World Cup-ready.
It will come 32 years after the USA first hosted the 1994 World Cup, an event which kicked off the popularity of the sport in America.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino (R) poses for a picture with officials after the announcement, that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada, during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia June 13, 2018.