Trump says he 'worked hard' on WC bid

Fans arrive prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina at Beira Rio Stadium

However, the New York Times has reported that United bid officials have letters from the USA president saying all teams that qualify - and their fans - will be able to enter the country. The three North American countries are ready to serve as stewards that will usher in the largest FIFA World Cup in history, Reed added. The U.S. hosted in 1994. "Additionally, being a diverse cosmopolitan city, wonderful destination for tourists and our close proximity to Vancouver, we could host any of the games and they would easily sell out", he said.

Morocco, on the other hand, promised a "European" World Cup in Africa, playing on the north African nation's proximity to Europe. "It's a great day for the game and for all three countries".

Delegates had been faced with a clear choice - the joint North American bid boasts modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links underpinned by Mexican football fervour.

Canada, Mexico and the United States will be hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup. But that is not carved in stone.

An optimistic promise of delivering $14 billion in revenue helped sway voters, along with the lack of major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist. "We sat there for eight hours in Houston and walked through each portion of our bid hour after hour, so I'm sure we'll do that again", Nelson says.

"I don't think there is any doubt that the American public is far more soccer literate whether that is because of the World Cup (in 1994) or the presence of MLS or the presence of worldwide soccer on television and the changes in technology and social media that facilitate all of that", he told Reuters.




"Who are these people coming out and watching soccer?" Chicago and Minneapolis also withdrew, citing similar worries.

It's not all that popular to spend all that money to try to woo an event, then you have to spend even more to actually host the thing. Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent.

There were also violent clashes between Russian Federation and England supporters when the two countries played each other in Marseille at Euro 2016.

There had been concerns that political factors, such as the United States' waning popularity overseas and what was perceived as an interfering tweet about the bid from President Donald Trump, would count against it.

But the vote's result was clear: 65 votes for Morocco and 134 votes for the North American trio.

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