"Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour. 'We are humbled by the trust our colleagues in the FIFA family have put in our bid; strengthened by the unity between our three countries and the CONCACAF region; and excited by the opportunity we have to put football on a new and sustainable path for generations to come". FIFA's bid evaluation report scored it significantly higher than the Morocco bid, with United 2026 earning a score of 4.0 out of five, while Morocco scored 2.7, and the voters responded. "We will meet somewhere, but I don't know where yet because they refuse to disclose the exact location".
Three US territories - Guam, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico - were among the other member nations to not vote. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup, though it was the site of the 2015 Women's World Cup.
Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City are up for consideration in Mexico, while Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton are the Canadian cities that have been proposed. While the United bid is a co-operative effort, it is the United States that is the undoubted leader, with 60 games - and all matches from the quarter-finals onward - taking place there with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 each.
The 2026 edition will be the second World Cup hosted on U.S. soil, and the first one in 1994 still holds the record for the most tickets sold and the most revenue ever generated in addition to leading to the launch of Major League Soccer just two years later.
The Mexican candidate cities are Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey.
So Morocco concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone.
USA's hosting of the World Cup in 1994 still holds the record for the biggest attendance across a tournament, despite the fact that tournaments since have included more games.
The previous World Cup, held four years ago in Brazil, generated $4.8 billion for Federation Internationale de Football Association.
While Ghana's former FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has been handed a 90-day Fifa ban following corruption allegations, the country's government is on the verge of dissolving the association, with two GFA officials barred from travelling to attend the congress in Russian Federation.
The 2026 World Cup is coming to the United States - and Miami is expected to be one of the venues.
"We believe strongly that this decision will be made on its merits", Cordeiro said. North American bid won the rights by majority votes after a lengthy 50-minute session, in which groups from various bidding parties presented their portfolios validating their capabilities to host the tournament.