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"We still have a great shot, though there's more work to do to get to the finish line", Mayor Don Iveson said.
After the US men's national team missed out on qualifying for this summer's tournament, which kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday, the news of the successful bid was a boost to frustrated American soccer fans. Canada is a good tourist destination.
"We're not missing our own home World Cup".
All 14 of the Moroccan venues would need to be built or renovated as part of the $16 billion investment in new infrastructure the African nation says is required.
It would likely open the door to Canada finally returning to the men's world stage - a widely expected scenario as co-host that has yet to be officially confirmed.
"Together we have done everything in our power to make the tournament a top-notch event, be it for a player, a fan, or a fan in front of the TV", he said.
The defeat at the polls meant Morocco have now lost five World Cup bids including 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 attempts.More news: Putin criticizes U.S. withdrawal from Iranian nuclear deal
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The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with the U.S. hosting 60 of the 80 matches.
The United States, Canada and Mexico scored 402 out of a possible 500, while Morocco received only 275, largely due to lack of infrastructure, and factored in Moroccan officials' admission that nearly $16 billion was required for the necessary development across the country. "It is a nice message". More than 40 soccer officials and businesses indicted, convicted or pleaded guilty.
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare reiterated that point Wednesday, saying the government's concerns "haven't changed".
"FIFA was clinically dead as an organization", Infantino said, reflecting on his election in 2016 before announcing plans to another four-year term in 2019.
Fox Sports COO Eric Shanks told FOX Business it's a big win for soccer in North America.
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.
Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants the host nations to take three of the qualification slots reserved for the region.
Canada has never hosted the World Cup but staged the Olympic Games in 1976, the U17 World Cup in 1987, the U20 World Cup in 2007 and the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015.
There is also a chance to send a seventh team via an inter-continental playoff.