"We'll get the team performing and we'll qualify if we have to", John Herdman told CTV's Your Morning Wednesday, just about an hour after the announcement that the joint bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States had beaten Morocco to host the 48-team tournament.
The three countries presented a "United Bid" that promised to take football to a combined 500million people in North America and were awarded 134 votes to Morocco's 65. The 2026 World Cup will be the fourth men's World Cup hosted in North America, with Mexico hosting it in 1970 and 1986 and the United States previously hosting it in 1994.
Allied with that unpredictability came an unpalatable presence at the heart of the United bid - U.S. President Donald Trump. With a handful of games in Mexico and Canada but the majority in the USA, the 2026 bid promises the richest and most lucrative tournament in the history of global soccer.
The 80 matches in the 2026 tournament, involving an expanded roster of 48 teams, will be held in stadiums scattered throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The 2026 tournament will be the first hosted by multiple countries since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
For Morocco, it was the fifth time it had bid for the hosting rights to the football World Cup, calling it "the dream of a nation".
"We are grateful for the chance to bring to life FIFA's new vision for the future of football", said Decio de Maria, President of Mexico Football Federation and Co-Chair of the United Bid.
Canada-Mexico to host World Cup 2026
For the first time in history, FIFA's Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the tournament. Both Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the United States (1994) have previously hosted World Cups.
2018 will be the 21st Fifa World Cup, 88 years after the inaugural tournament in Uruguay (1930) and for the first time in Russian Federation.
That's the spirit of the World Cup. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup, though it was the site of the 2015 Women's World Cup. The Switzerland-based organization reports its revenue in four-year cycles, and most recently claimed $5.7 billion for the cycle culminating in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. That remains the only World Cup the Canadian men have ever qualified for.
Anxious that rivals might try to turn the vote into a referendum on Trump, who is deeply unpopular in many parts of the world, organizers of the North American bid took pains to dissociate their efforts from politics. The other 20 - all group-stage games - will be split between Mexico and Canada.
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are in the running to be among the 16 host cities. The plan features three matches on opening day in three countries for the first time.
The American candidate cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
The 2026 World Cup final will take place in the MetLife Stadium in New York City.
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But the South Carolina Republican said Trump would face opposition to any move to withdraw American forces from South Korea. North Korea has been an isolated nation since it first divided from South Korea after the end of World War II in 1945.
May objected to the amendment - inserted by the House of Lords - because she said it would tie her hands in the negotiation. The government averted a rebellion on Tuesday over whether Parliament should have a decisive say in such a scenario.
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Speaking on Trump's possible visit for the World Cup, Peskov said "for this there is even no need for North America to win". Host nation Russian Federation kicks off the tournament Thursday morning when it takes on Saudi Arabia in Moscow at 9 a.m.
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