Trump hails 'hard work' of World Cup bid after 2026 triumph

Posted June 17, 2018

Mexico has made it out of the group stage at each of the past six World Cups only to exit the tournament in the round of 16, the first knockout stage.

The North American bid beat competition from Morocco, which was hoping to become just the second African country to host soccer's biggest global tournament. Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, as well as the tournament's opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia, the Kremlin press service said in a statement.

The United States is not going to the World Cup this year, but the World Cup will be coming to the 2026. The city has proven itself already while hosting CONCACAF Gold Cup games, International Champions Cup and securing an MLS bid.

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Nineteen other USA cities are listed in the united bid, along with three Canadian cities and three in Mexico. Every match from the quarterfinals on will be played in the U.S. The final could potentially be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, while AT&T Stadium in Dallas and the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles have also been touted as possibilities.

"This should not be about geopolitics", U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro said.

"Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup in history". And of course, Howard has been in net for a myriad of memorable performances, most notably his Herculean effort during the national team's 2-1 loss to Belgium in 2014 in which he recorded a World Cup-record 15 saves.

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"It awakens the perception of the country to the sport, developing the players, showing the world the love we have for the sport", said FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja. Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey are among 23 cities vying to host them. But FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggested the split of games could change.

"We're not missing out on this, people", Herdman said.

Canada, the United States and Mexico may now be at each other's throats over trade, but here's hoping that soccer can help smooth over those differences. This announcement marks the beginning of a lengthy process to determine what cities will host games in the tournament.

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