The U.S. men's national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, but American soccer just received a massive boost: On the eve of the sport's biggest spectacle, FIFA members voted to award the 2026 World Cup jointly to the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Vancouver, which hosted the 2015 Women's World Cup final, will not be participating in the 2026 bid.
The North American nations' pitch outscored Morocco on the official evaluation, which laid the groundwork for a return to the continent for the first time since United States of America hosted alone in 1994. The North African country claimed 33 per cent of the vote.
"If we get to host in 2026, that's the realization of a lifelong dream, to get back to the World Cup, and to give kids that opportunity to be inspired like I was in 1986".
The FIFA Congress held its annual meeting the day before the start of the World Cup to vote on whether the USA -led bid or the Morocco bid will get to host the soccer tournament.
Canada's games will be split between three host cities with Toronto potentially hosting four games and Montreal and Edmonton taking three each.
The North American victory suggests football officials are ready to gather for a World Cup in a country whose government has demonstrated its willingness to jail corrupt sports leaders through undercover investigations.
Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from NY, said: "While the official name of the bid is United 2026, the three potential host nations are right now anything but united".
The World Cup final will be played in New Jersey's Metlife Stadium, which holds around 85,000.
The 2026 World Cup will expand to 48 teams from 32, and will feature a new format of 16 round-robin groups of three teams with the top two from each pool advancing to a 32-nation knockout round.
The U.S hosted the World Cup previously in 1994 while Mexico hosted it in 1970 and 1986. That remains the only World Cup the Canadian men have ever qualified for.
They warned "the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality can not be overstated".
Instead of three automatic places in the tournament, six will be given by that time.
The 2026 World Cup will be the first competition where 48 nations will compete in the tournament, which is the biggest in the footballing world.
FIFA's hosting selection process was revamped in the wake of recent scandals enveloping the world governing body of soccer. According to a report in the Free Press Journal, Brazil even promised to look after India's expenses during the World Cup.
Morocco has been deemed "high risk" in the above factors - including transport, accommodations and stadiums - leading the United States to outscore them ahead of the June 13 bid.
Both bids made their final appeals to UEFA voters in Moscow on Tuesday, with Morocco and United expected to get a vast show of support from their respective confederations.