The United States will be joined by Canada and Mexico in hosting the 2026 World Cup, FIFA has announced. The team is the lowest-ranked side in this year's tournament and they've not qualified for the World Cup since 2006.
But which cities and stadiums will host games at the tournament is still being determined.
Six Saudi female teenagers slated to serve as their country's flag bearers at the World Cup's opening match in Moscow on Thursday will be replaced by Russians after their trip was canceled due to "logistical circumstances", organizers said.
"The handsome game transcends borders and cultures".
President Donald Trump welcomed the news, tweeting: "The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup".
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The United bid will, however, be of huge appeal to the Federation Internationale de Football Association bean-counters as the bid team claims the ability to generate a projected profit of more than £8 billion for the governing body. The North American proposal is referred to as United 2026, as it bested a rival Moroccan bid, 134 votes to 65. Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington are all possible locations for US games, with Canada's taking place in Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto, and Mexico's potential host cities being Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey.
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To do so would have invited ridicule when it needed to build or renovate the 14 stadiums it wants to use - a task FIFA's technical report said "cannot be overstated".
"Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent".