Cheryshev stars as Russian Federation rout Saudi Arabia in opener

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The World Cup is coming back to North America.

The 2026 World Cup is officially coming to the United States, Mexico and Canada, and a joint statement Wednesday indicates Denver will push to host matches in the quadrennial global soccer tournament.

The United 2026 bid was chosen over the bid by Morocco in North Africa by a vote of numerous FIFA participating associations.

The chairman of the bid said Morocco's bid "was committed, ethical and totally in keeping to the rules imposed by FIFA World Cup, which in 2026 for the first time will see the participation of 48 teams, meeting the new demanding specifications of FIFA".

Herdman said that while playing host to the World Cup will cost Canadian taxpayers, the return on investment will be worthwhile.

The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994. Teams are expected to arrive at least five days before their first World Cup game and would remain at least throughout the group stage, except for the dates immediately before and after match days.

Canada will officially co-host 2026 FIFA World Cup matches.

Two Miami residents - newly-elected U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro and Donna Shalala, a U.S. Soccer board member - were deeply involved in the bid process.

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North America on Wednesday won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

The good news came a day before the start of the 2018 World Cup and was welcomed by American soccer officials who are still reeling after the men's national team failed to qualify for the first time since 1986.

Russian Federation was among those to switch from backing Morocco to the North American effort at the last minute.

It was a goal that prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to turn to the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, seated alongside Federation Internationale de Football Association chief Gianni Infantino, and shake his hand.

Neither side has had much success to shout about in the build up to this World Cup opener.

"I don't think we should focus on our friendlies", he said.

Not only did she remind delegates about Morocco's lack of infrastructure but highlighted the North American bid's ability to deliver double the revenue at $14 billion.

It marks the fifth time the North African country has failed to secure the right to host the worldwide football tournament.