Seen through 2018 lens, 'NAFTA World Cup' in 2026 is, well, awkward

Why Simply Bidding for World Cup 2026 is a Win for Morocco

It was quickly dubbed the "NAFTA World Cup" on social media, but soccer fans and observers could not help seeing Wednesday's news that the United States, Mexico and Canada will jointly host the 2026 World Cup through the lens of border walls, tariffs and Trump.

The joint North American bid defeated the bid of Morocco 134-65, with one vote for "None of the bids". "Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege, the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026", an emotional US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said on stage after the vote.

It's official! World Cup soccer is coming to North America.and maybe even Nashville!

The 2026 World Cup will also be the first to include 48 teams.

The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY - home of the NFL's Giants and Jets - is proposed for the final.

Among the 22 other host city finalists are Washington and New York/New Jersey, both of which hosted matches in the 1994 World Cup, the last held in North America.

With FIFA announcing Canada will co-host the 2026 World Cup, fans of the attractive game here in Ottawa are rejoicing.

Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since 1986. Matches in Mexico will be played in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara; games in Canada will be played in Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton, according to Pro Soccer Talk.

Canada has played host to numerous Federation Internationale de Football Association events in the past, including the men's Under-16 World Championship in 1987, the 2002 under-19 women's World Championship, the 2007 men's Under-20 World Cup, the 2014 Under-20 Women's World Cup and the 2015 Women's World Cup.

The big question right now is what kind of impact the 2026 World Cup will have in the United States?

"And in that spirit we wish all Russian hosts and all the teams competing here the very best of luck". Canadian officials say they will push to keep all three of their host cities.

There has been no formal announcement yet that the three co-host countries will skip qualifying, as has been the tournament custom. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup, though it was the site of the 2015 Women's World Cup.

The 2026 World Cup could turn out to be one of the most significant developments to American soccer in a long time. Will it inspire interest in the game to the point where future generations of American players have the desire and ability to take the national team to another level? That's the spirit of the World Cup.

Miami and Orlando are among the 23 cities in the running to host matches, and Hard Rock Stadium - built for soccer and known as a host to sold-out global matches - is expected to be selected.

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