The tournament hosts have had an even less auspicious build-up, however, and Pizzi said they would be looking to take the game to the Russians in the Group A match at the Luzhniki Stadium. I really like Belgium also though, and it would be cool for a different team to win the World Cup. Those numbers, if reached, will surpass previous World Cup records. "And so, I'm throwing my support to Mexico this World Cup", said Alexi Lalas. The vote leaves Morocco reeling from a fifth failure in a World Cup hosting vote, with the continent's sole tournament coming in 2010 in South Africa.
And now time for the match that all 32 teams in this World Cup will want to play in! However, the New York Times has reported that United bid officials have letters from the US president saying all teams that qualify - and their fans - will be able to enter the country.
Since host countries are automatically in the tournament, a win for the "United 2026" bid would ensure that the Canadian men's soccer team would be playing in the World Cup.
England are reportedly in a strong position to be awarded the World Cup in 2030 following the announcement for the 2026 tournament on Wednesday.
With the breakdown of voting results made public, the United bid claimed 134 votes, with 64 giving their support to Morocco and one country voting for neither bid.More news: Star forward Leonard wants out of San Antonio
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The U.S. may have hoped for a vote from North Korea after the rapprochement between the nations during an extraordinary summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
"It's an opportunity to bring the world together and highlight how well things work between Canada, Mexico and the United States", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said of the bid approved by Federation Internationale de Football Association, which came amid complex trade negotiations between the countries.
The cases of Saudi Arabian referee Fahad Al Mirdasi and Kenyan assistant Aden Range Marwa "surprised us a lot", he said.
"Soccer fans are as passionate as any other sports fan that I've ever met", Witherspoon says. Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent. "It's a great day for the game and for all three countries".
The report left the US-Canada-Mexico bid as the clear front-runner after giving it a rating of four out of five. However, the French legend was also voted the best player at the tournament, scoring three goals in six games, including one in the final.