Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – 11:07 AM
(CNS) – A joint bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico was awarded the men’s 2026 World Cup by FIFA Wednesday, which could bring the international soccer event back to the Los Angeles region for the first time since 1994.
The 68th FIFA Congress convened in Moscow and awarded the World Cup to the North American bid over Morocco. The United Bid received 134 of 200 votes cast, Morocco received 65 votes, and one single member association voted not to choose either of the two bids.
The United States will stage 60 matches, with Mexico and Canada hosting 10 apiece, and at least 16 cities out of 23 will be selected as venues for games.
For Los Angeles, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena is listed as a potential site, as is the NFL stadium under construction in Inglewood. The Rose Bowl hosted the championship game when the World Cup was held in the United States in 1994 across nine cities.
The U.S. has also hosted two women’s World Cups, in 1999 and 2003, with the Rose Bowl also serving as the site of the championship game when the U.S. women’s team won.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised the news on Twitter, writing, “Yes!!! The 2026 World Cup is coming to North America! We can’t wait to show @FIFAWorldCup and @United2026 that Los Angeles is the perfect host. #goals”
The other U.S. cities under consideration by FIFA are:
– Kansas City
– New York/New Jersey
– San Francisco Bay Area
– Washington, D.C.