Canada has not qualified for the World Cup since 1986 - 10 years after the Olympic Stadium was supposed to have a retractable roof. That's clearly what happened, and they've admitted as such since then.
It will come 32 years after the USA first hosted the 1994 World Cup, an event which kicked off the popularity of the sport in America.
The win was rooted in those factors, but it also served as validation for the intense, exhaustive campaign led over the past few months by Cordeiro and fellow United Bid co-chairs, Canada Soccer president Steven Reed and Mexican federation chief Decio de Maria. The "United" bid from North America went in as the front-runner after inspectors gave it a score of 4 out of 5 in terms of the countries' ability and readiness to organize an excellent tournament.
Chief among those is US President Donald Trump, whose "America First" approach might score well with his electoral base but may have made the United bid's task harder than it could ever have imagined.
Spain also did not vote.
Fifa's president, Gianni Infantino, looked opportunistically quick to immediately put himself forward for re-election next year, and he was followed by U.S. president Donald Trump with a self-congratulatory tweet. And this is a really positive jolt of news. More importantly, for the sport itself, on the field, host teams tend to do well. Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026. Not entirely said yes.
Both bids were given a last chance to make their case with 15-minute presentations in front of Congress, at the Moscow Expocentre, where the North America bid pledged their tournament would generate an 11 billion dollar profit, while Morocco said theirs would make 5 billion.
Christian Pulisic will be 27 years old at that point. Canada and Mexico are expected to each play host to 10 games. Because clearly on the business side, things are doing quite well, but the balance has gotten out of whack between the business said and the player side.
As a result, Fifa's executive committee is no longer responsible for the final say on which country is awarded a World Cup.
Shanks is gearing up for this year's tournament in Moscow, which will be broadcast in the U.S.by Fox Sports, and will take place in 11 cities across Russian Federation.
"Not to comment really on the US side, but maybe they felt that they wished to go further in some additional letters which they had received from their president", he added.