Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
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20 million Saudis set to watch World Cup opening match

20 million Saudis set to watch World Cup opening match

When Carlos Cordeiro left the stage after the United Bid made its final pitch to voters at the Federation Internationale de Football Association congress on Wednesday morning in Moscow, the U.S. Soccer president was plenty confident that the United States, Canada and Mexico would win the rights to host the 2026 World Cup.

Each U.S. city would host at least five matches.

Jerry Jones' AT&T Stadium has hosted Gold Cup matches and plenty of global friendlies.

After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States made a decision to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017.

The four bidding nations were ineligible from voting, while Ghana were not in attendance. "We are all united in football", Carlos Cordeiro said.

While Portland is known for its tremendous support of soccer, the city doesn't have a stadium that would support the attendance numbers expected for a World Cup game.

The joint bid defeated Morocco's application with 134 of the 200 votes cast at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.

Under the bid 60 of the soccer games will be played across the United States, with ten games in Mexico and ten games in Canada.

Calgary's Owen Hargreaves wore England's colours during the World Cup in 2002 and 2006.

Meanwhile, the U.S. hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986.

A late entry to the 2026 hosting sweepstakes, Morocco was classy in defeat.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and Toronto Mayor John Tory both retweeted of a video of North American representatives reacting to the success of the united bid Wednesday.

First built for the 1976 Olympic Games, the "Big O" has played host to many sporting events and teams over the years, including the defunct Montreal Expos.

Miami is a ideal city to host World Cup matches. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015. We've landed a World Cup.

Over 20 million male and female Saudis are set to enthusiastically watch the World Cup 2018 opening football match between Saudi Arabia and Russia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia at 6.00 p.m. Thursday.

Just ten of those games will be played in Mexico and Canada respectively, with the USA hosting 60 of the fixtures.

Catlett expects discussions with U.S. Soccer over Jacksonville's potential role in supporting events to start within the next two to three months.

Trump tweeted his congratulations to those involved in winning the right to host the competition.

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