The United States, Mexico, and Canada have won a joint bid to host the 2026 men's World Cup, beating the only other candidate, Morocco, The New York Times reports. The vote was 134 to 65. The World Cup final will be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, with 60 of the tournament's games scheduled for the U.S., 10 for Mexico, and 10 for Canada.
U.S. soccer president Carlos Cordeiro has boasted that the bid will earn $14 billion in revenue and turn an $11 billion profit for FIFA, a record, Al Jazeera reports. "We can focus on the game. We are ready made. Our cities are ready to host today," said the executive director of the United Bid Committee, John Kristick.
It will be the first time the world's biggest sporting event has been held in North America since 1994, when the United States hosted. The 2018 World Cup begins in Russia on Thursday. The U.S. men's team did not qualify. The 2022 World Cup will controversially be held in Qatar.