'¡Gooool!' Canada, Mexico And U.S. Win World Cup 2026 Bid

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 8:51am
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:05pm
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MEXICO CITY — Amid trade wars and political tensions, something is bringing Canada, Mexico and the U.S. together: the 2026 Soccer Men’s World Cup. “United 2026” will be the first World Cup hosted by three nations.

It will be the second world soccer tournament for the United States (1994) and the first for Canada, while Mexico becomes the only country in the world to celebrate three world cups (1970 and 1985).  

As soon as “United 2026” was announced as the winning bid, President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated on Twitter. And so did Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who posted a video on his account stating that the award recognizes the three countries’ capacities and their unity beyond culture and business.

Forty-two national teams will play at “United 2026”; 14 more than usual. And 60 out of 80 matches will be held in U.S. stadiums. Phoenix did not make that list.

The legendary Aztec Stadium in Mexico City is expected to feature the inaugural match.

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