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"We believe soccer - or football - will become the preeminent sport in North America", U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said via teleconference.

"I was sad when the victor was announced", said former Moroccan footballer Abdelkrim El Hadrioui.

The city has a chance to host warm-up friendly matches and perhaps other events ahead of the worldwide soccer competition, which returns to the United States for the first time since 1994.

The 2026 soccer tournament, he said, will be the first World Cup to expand from 32 teams to 48 teams.

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The soccer showpiece will return to the USA for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, where the 2018 tournaments starts on Thursday.

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

Jose Mourinho says the Russian team will be under "huge pressure" when they open their home World Cup against Saudi Arabia in Moscow on Thursday, but has backed the hosts to come away with a win. The United States staged the tournament in 1994.

The 2026 World Cup hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico promises to take the tournament to a new level, delivering more teams, bigger crowds and bumper profits.

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"It's not a huge order of magnitude compared to some of the other events that we've hosted in the past or that are being now discussed", Iveson said, referring to Calgary's pursuit to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.

During the weeks before the 2014 World Cup, the United States played Nigeria before a regional record crowd of 52,033 at EverBank Field.

The man chairing Calgary 2026 sees the awarding of World Cup matches to Canada as a good harbinger for an Olympic bid, should the city go for it.

Trump has also backed the tri-nation bid and his administration has given guarantees about trade, tax and other requirements demanded by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

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Potential host cities include New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, and Montreal; but not Chicago, after the Windy City pulled out of the North American bid.

"I'm a proud Canadian citizen and my dream is to one play in the World Cup, maybe even in my hometown of Edmonton", said Davies, whose parents fled the civil war in Liberia.

Nashville has recently hosted World Cup Qualifying matches and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches. The African country planned to use 14 stadiums, nine of which had yet to be built with the other five due for renovation. We've also got another fanatical soccer city in Portland 170 miles south, but more than anything, Seattle sports fan recognize the magnitude of the moment.

Filato said the city estimates the financial return from hosting World Cup games will be around $200 million.

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