US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals

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An opening ceremony before the match will feature Will Smith singing Live It Up, the official anthem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In 2010, the US was a finalist to host the 2020 World Cup but lost to Qatar in a vote that was later discredited - but not reversed - because of widespread corruption in FIFA's ranks. The tournament has been jointly hosted only once before, by Japan and Korea in 2002.

Lenarduzzi said with or without Vancouver, co-hosting the event will be an important step for Canada's growing soccer community, which he said is undergoing a renaissance. But to ensure the point is moot, Jones said the US must reach underserved communities to find talent, develop teens such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and the Red Bulls' Tyler Adams and bring soccer passion to the public. The national team's failure to qualify for the World Cup was embarrassing for the team and its fans. Any warm-up matches would likely occur in late May or early June 2026, though the tournament dates have yet to be confirmed.

The United States will be joined by Canada and Mexico in hosting the 2026 World Cup, FIFA has announced.

"I think the feeling that you're playing with the best in the world..." Fox, Fox Sports and Telemundo Deportes have USA broadcast rights to this year's tournament - for which the US national team failed to qualify - and also for 2026. The "United" bid from North America went in as the front-runner after inspectors gave it a score of 4 out of 5 in terms of the countries' ability and readiness to organize an excellent tournament.

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The United bid will, however, be of huge appeal to the Federation Internationale de Football Association bean-counters as the bid team claims the ability to generate a projected profit of more than £8 billion for the governing body.

Under current rules, each base camp must include a hotel and nearby training facilities. There was no professional league, numerous national team players came from New Jersey and California, watching live professional games from Europe was almost impossible, and the World Cup ratings from 1990 in Italy were miniscule. Another three are cities that will have expansion teams coming into MLS.

CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, has seven slots in the World Cup.

When Canada finally gets to that day eight years from now, we'll all be able to point to this year, 2018, as the one that changed everything for Canadian soccer.

Jevne said they'll come up with cost estimates over the next four years with upgrades to Commonwealth starting in about 2022.