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The United States, Canada, and Mexico have won out over Morocco in a joint bid to host FIFA's 2026 World Cup, reports Sports Illustrated.

The soccer showpiece will return to the USA for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

If we're spitballing, it's hard to imagine the United States being forced to qualify for a World Cup in which it's the predominant host. Mexico has served as host on two occasions - in 1970 and 1986 - while Canada has never hosted the men's World Cup.

The U.S. metro areas in the running are Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium), Boston (Gillette Stadium), Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium), Dallas (AT&T Stadium), Denver (Sports Authority Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl and the new National Football League stadium), Miami (Hard Rock Stadium), Nashville (Nissan Stadium), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Camping World Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), San Jose (Levi's Stadium), Seattle (Century Link Field) and Washington (FedEx Field). The US last hosted the World Cup in 1994.

Morocco have now failed with five bids to hold the World Cup and are unlikely now to have the financial means to put together another bid for the foreseeable future.

The last time Federation Internationale de Football Association voted on World Cup hosting rights was in 2010 with the decision resting with the old executive committee and they chose Russia to host the 2018 tournament and Qatar for 2022. But in the end, it was a non-factor, as the "United Bid" earned more than double the votes of Morocco.

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Herdman said there is precedent for the nations involved in joint bids being granted entry, pointing to Japan and South Korea in 2002.

The World Cup is coming to Canada.

But with the tournament expanding from 32 to 48 teams in 2026, tripling the hosts would not cause as many ripples. All soccer venues are expected to be ready by the time the 2026 World Cup rolls around. The other 20 - all group-stage games - will be split between Mexico and Canada. Citing a number of high-profile sponsors dropping FIFA, London newspaper The Independent reported that FIFA's 2018 World Cup sponsorship revenues were down $240 million.

Typically, the host nation gets an automatic berth in the World Cup.

The games in Canada will be divided between Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto.

The American candidate cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Since the World Cup was held in Brazil, it would have taken Indian players at least three to four months to reach the country by ship.

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