It's Official, Canada's Hosting The Next World Cup

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic, the best soccer player now wearing a USMNT jersey, won't be a feature star during the 2018 World Cup.

Since the unified World Cup bid was announced in April 2017, political relationships between the United States and its proposed co-hosts has been touchy at times.

"We are very excited and humbled that the FIFA Member Associations have entrusted the CONCACAF region with the honor of hosting the 2026 World Cup in its new extended format", CONCACAF said in a statement.

A total of 80 games will be played with 60 planned in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico with the final played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home to National Football League teams New York Giants and New York Jets.

Federation Internationale de Football Association member must pick between the financial security of the United States-Canada-Mexico bid where all venues are ready, and a Moroccan bid that needs to build or renovate all 14 stadiums for a 48-team tournament.

The United States, which hosted the 1994 World Cup, is to host 60 of the 80 matches, including those in the knockout phase, while Canada and Mexico will get just 10 group-stage matches each.

U.S. Soccer chief Carlos Cordeiro, middle, has been "working basically nonstop" with Canada and Mexico to campaign for the 2026 World Cup.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.

It is the fifth time Morocco has failed with a bid to host the tournament.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association have also explained that teams from all over the world will now have an "equal chance" of rising the rankings after the old weighting variables that favoured European and South American nations has been removed. The Switzerland-based organization reports its revenue in four-year cycles, and most recently claimed $5.7 billion for the cycle culminating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The decision will be a shot in the arm for football, or soccer, in the U.S., after the national team failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in a huge setback for the game there.

The North American bid is anxious that the policies of US President Donald Trump may cost them votes. The congress is to choose the host or hosts for the 2026 World Cup.

Part of the United bid guaranteed all games would be played on natural grass, which means if Commonwealth Stadium is chosen as a final venue, the artificial turf would be replaced for the tournament.

Other cities on the list are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Monterrey, Montreal, Nashville, New York/NewJersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump's negative comments on African countries and his bid to tighten immigration restrictions on some nations have likely helped Morocco's cause.

US Soccer: "Hosting the 2026 Fifa World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport". That's the spirit of the World Cup. The only other World Cup played in more than one country was in the 2002 event shared by South Korea and Japan.

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