Local leaders react to North America’s winning bid for 2026 World Cup

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A statement released by the Colorado Rapids, the Denver Sports Commission and the Stadium Management Company said Denver is among approximately 23 cities in consideration to host World Cup games eight years from now.

The United 2026 joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico has won the right to host the 2026 Fifa World Cup after Fifa's member associations met at the Fifa Congress in Moscow ahead of the kick-off of Russian Federation 2018. The united bid from the three North American countries received 67% of the vote while Morocco garnered 33% of the vote, or 134-65.

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.

The vote means that the World Cup will come to the United States for the first time since 1994, amid growing interest in soccer.

Before the joint bid was conceived, FIFA President Gianni Infantino warned that Trump's efforts to ban immigrants and refugees from several Muslim-majority countries could derail American efforts to host the World Cup, and there had been speculation that the president's subsequent actions ― including his rhetoric about immigrants from Latin American countries and his belittling of African nations and Haiti as "shithole countries" ― could cost the North American bid crucial votes.

Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from NY, said: "While the official name of the bid is United 2026, the three potential host nations are right now anything but united".

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President Donald Trump has interfered in the voting process, much to FIFA's chagrin. Canada and Mexico will each host 10 games. In April, Trump endorsed the USA bid in a Tweet and threatened countries that did not support it.

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In the end it wasn't enough, and Americans fans can look forward to the return of soccer's greatest event in what can only be seen as a massive boost for the domestic game.

The announcement was confirmed at the FIFA Congress which took place in Moscow on Wednesday, on the eve of the start of the 2018 edition of the competition.

United Bid chairman Carlos Cordeiro says the 2026 World Cup would hand Federation Internationale de Football Association a record $11 billion profit from total revenues of $14 billion. More than 5.8 million tickets are expected to be sold, generating over $2 billion in ticketing revenue, according to the winning bid's projections. Before the vote, some had suggested that a "Trump effect" was harming the United States' chances, saying the president's quarrels internationally were putting off some countries. Canada has never hosted the World Cup.

They are the most compelling reasons why we would be the best hosts. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?" he wrote. The only other time multiple countries shared the World Cup was 2002, when Japan and South Korea were given passes into the competition.

A number of the grounds available to the bid would, however, allow for games to be played under cover in a climate-controlled environment.

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