Cobi Jones, who played in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups - watched the bid in a NY office with former teammate Brian McBride, U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn and U.S. National Team GM Earnie Stewart.
Herdman, who coached the women's national squad when Canada hosted the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015, says "we were singing O Canada with 60,000 people, alongside everyone that was watching".
After controversy surrounded the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russian Federation and the 2022 finals in Qatar, the vote was the first to be decided by the FIFA congress.
The country has competed in just one World Cup in its history, qualifying for the 1986 tournament and failing to collect a single point from three matches.
According to Business Insider, the USA will whittle a list of 17 metropolitan down to 10 to host games.
As a player nothing could possibly beat playing in front of your own fans in your own country at the World Cup and I hope our players of the future will be fortunate enough to experience this.
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The other Canadian cities included on the list are Toronto and Edmonton. "Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the World Cup in 2026".
The joint North American bid was considered a heavy favorite from the outset and earned high marks from FIFA's bid evaluators because it will, in theory, require less construction and lower costs than the Moroccan bid, which carried an estimated price tag above $15 billion.
Vancouver will watch from the sidelines after the B.C. government, citing concerns over the possible costs of being a host city, was unable to come to terms with the bid committee. But FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggested the split of games could change. That was the only World Cup that Canada's men's team has ever qualified for.
"We are going to be ready". "We will play with passion", the 29-year-old player added. "If given the opportunity, I know they will welcome you".
British Columbia's government is standing by a decision that will leave the province on the sidelines when the World Cup comes to Canada in 2026.
"There's a tremendous amount of ancillary events that go on around the World Cup", said Rick Catlett, president and chief executive officer of Gator Bowl Sports.