Their efforts paid off. Thirty-three of 46 AFC member nations voted for the United Bid on Wednesday, with one member (Iran) not voting for either bid. We are proud of Kansas City's involvement in the United Bid and look forward to 2026 with tremendous excitement. "This is a reward for our unwavering belief and commitment to the growth of soccer, and we will continue to make major strides over the next eight years to ensure that we stage an unforgettable World Cup".
Carlos Cordeiro, President of the US Soccer Federation, expressed gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the Kingdom's sports authority, in backing the joint bid to host one of the world's premier tournaments.
British Columbia's government is standing by a decision that will leave the province on the sidelines when the World Cup comes to Canada in 2026.
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And while the deterioration of Olympic Stadium has been well documented - particularly with the Toronto Blue Jays playing exhibition games there in recent years - in November 2017, the Quebec government approved the construction of a new roof for the venue, so the Big O will at least be getting renovated in time for 2026.
Bernier, who is employed by the Montreal Impact as a coach in its youth academy, said the arrival of the tournament in North America and potentially in Montreal will give a boost to young Canadian players with the talent and the drive to play professionally.
Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986.
Over 20 million male and female Saudis are set to enthusiastically watch the World Cup 2018 opening football match between Saudi Arabia and Russia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia at 6.00 p.m. Thursday.
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At the moment, between the three nations, there are 23 candidate host cities that will be whittled down to 16.
Nashville has recently hosted World Cup Qualifying matches and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches. However, Shanks expects soccer's popularity to continue to grow in the USA within the next eight years.
Portland was not chosen as one of the finalists to host World Cup matches.
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