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Monday, March 19, 2018

Mexico, US and Canada propose 23 cities for 2026 World Cup

Por Rory

The joint bid between Canada, the United States and Mexico to host the World Cup in 2026, known as United 2026, this week presented the 23 host cities that would be part of the selection process of FIFA, the body that will choose the 16 best in case the North American proposal wins the election.

New York, Toronto and Mexico City stood out in the final list of 23 venues of the joint bid for the 2026 World Cup, after Chicago and Vancouver withdrew from the race, citing uncertainty about the potential costs and inflexibility of FIFA. Seventeen of the 23 definitive cities are in the United States, three in Canada and three in Mexico. The matches will be played in each country if the offer is successful.

'We are confident that the combination of our 23 world-class stadiums already built, 150 elite training facilities existing and our modern and interconnected transport network can help FIFA reach new attendance and revenue records,' said in a statement the executive director of the joint bid, John Kristick.

This 'will allow all world football community to improve and grow,' added Kristick. Chicago's Soldier Field was one of the 32 potential venues on a list released last year. The stadium hosted the opening match and four other matches of the 1994 World Cup. 'FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty regarding some big questions that put our city and taxpayers at risk,' Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said earlier in a statement. 'The uncertainty for taxpayers, added to the inflexibility and lack of interest in negotiating on behalf of FIFA, were clear indications that trying to host the World Cup is not in Chicago's interest, ' he added.

Morocco has presented the only candidature that can compete with the joint attempt of the countries that are part of CONCACAF. FIFA will vote to decide the candidacy of the 2026 World Cup, first with the format of 48 countries, in its Congress on June 13. The United States hosted the World Cup in 1994 and Mexico organized it in 1970 and 1986. If FIFA chooses the joint bid of CONCACAF, it will select 16 host cities from the proposed list of 23. It is expected that Mexico will get 10 of the 80 matches, Canada another 10, while the United States will host 60 games.

The 23 host cities candidates for joint bid are:

Mexico: Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.

Canada: Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto.

United States: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York / New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington.