"There's no bigger sporting event than the World Cup, and Nashville will be ready to host the best soccer players and fans on the planet eight years from now", Mayor David Briley said. Their lone opponent was Morocco.
The result at the FIFA Congress on the eve of the 2018 tournament means global football's showpiece event will return to the North American continent for the first time since the United States hosted it in 1994.
Before the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Jacksonville served as the host for a friendly match between the US team and Moldova, played at Wolfson Park while the old Gator Bowl underwent extensive reconstruction.
"It's always a bit of a stronger bid with more countries, but at same time if we are talking about England, with their infrastructure, they can host on their own or with the rest of the U.K". The United States staged the tournament in 1994.
With files from Rob Williams. "There is no doubt that World Cup 2026 will elevate the sport of soccer to entirely new levels and Major League Soccer is honored to be a part of this joyous day".
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Bilello also said that he assumes Gillette Stadium would have a "grass surface" installed for games, as it wouldn't affect the Patriots. "We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the FIFA family have put in our bid; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the CONCACAF region; and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come".
The tournament's first game, between host Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, begins at 6 a.m. PT at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The four countries directly involved (USA, Canada, Mexico and Morocco) and three US-governed territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands).
Montopoli, speaking for the Canadian portion of the bid, said only that they had the government guarantees they had required. There was no professional league, numerous national team players came from New Jersey and California, watching live professional games from Europe was almost impossible, and the World Cup ratings from 1990 in Italy were miniscule. The United States will host every match from the quarterfinals forward, with the proposed final to be held at MetLife Stadium outside New York City. Mexico played host to the 1970 and 1986 World Cup.
FIFA's official list for the 2018 World Cup showed nine of the 32 teams chose base camps separate from any of the tournament venues, some of them in cities with fewer than 100,000 residents.
While Canada has never hosted-or even qualified for-the men's World Cup, it can count on its more experienced co-hosts and current NAFTA partners.