United States gets Russia's World Cup vote as logic trumps politics

Olive Hawkins
June 17, 2018

The finals kicks off with Russian Federation playing Saudi Arabia on Thursday (June 14) and ends after 80 matches between 32 teams with the final on July 15.

In an interaction with Catch News, Rao said, "Through this, I am sending best wishes to all the teams participating in the tournament".

It's not all that popular to spend all that money to try to woo an event, then you have to spend even more to actually host the thing.

Soccer analyst Alexi Lalas, who played for the United States when it last hosted the Cup in 1994, tweeted: "Thank you @realDonaldTrump for your support of soccer and the @united2026 joint World Cup bid".

Cherchesov will be out of contract with the national team shortly after the conclusion of the World Cup and the 54-year-old says he would like to continue in his role. Hosting the 2026 World Cup will be used as an incentive to involve more people in the game, U.S. Soccer's Cordeiro told reporters.

The 2026 World Cup has been awarded to Canada, the USA and Mexico.

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Decisions over which cities will be selected will happen over the next two years. Somewhat controversially, the 2026 World Cup will be the largest ever held, with 48 teams taking part, with 80 matches being played over 34 Days.

"We're coming together as a united front to show our support for Mexico", said Canada's Dwayne de Rosario.

Trump had earlier warned that any countries voting against the North American bid would suffer consequences in trade deals. But FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggested the split of games could change.

The choice is clear - between a slick bid based on gleaming stadiums in the United States, Mexico and Canada or an ambitious attempt from Morocco based on as-yet largely unbuilt facilities.

. "We should have a MLS team already", he said. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the seven guaranteed qualification slots reserved for the region as host. The US and Canada failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament, but Mexico will have a chance to improve its record. Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent.

The vote also comes amid concern about the policies of the Trump administration, including travel restrictions on several Muslim-majority countries.

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