The socks are red and Montopoli wore them when Canada won the right to host the 2015 Women's World Cup as well as the 2012 and 2016 women's Olympic bronze-medal matches. We congratulate all of those who worked tirelessly to bring the World Cup back to North America and thank the countries that voted for the United Bid, and for their belief in our vision for the future of the sport in our region.
CONCACAF, whose president - Canadian Victor Montagliani - played a key role in the bid, called the vote a "monumental victory" for the confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Russian organizers say they expect World Cup spending to exceed $11 billion, though that tally does not include undisclosed spending on some of the new city infrastructure and stadiums that will be used during the event.
Mexico previously hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986.
Among the 22 other host city finalists are Washington and New York/New Jersey, both of which hosted matches in the 1994 World Cup, the last held in North America.
Three countries from Canada and three countries from Mexico were also submitted, leaving the United States with the bulk of the hosting duty - with 17 cities submitted in the longlist.
Delegates at the Fifa Congress in Moscow voted for the joint bid on Wednesday on the eve of the first game of the 2018 edition.
The 2026 installment will see the World Cup expand from 32 to 46 teams with the bloated format seeing a total of 80 games take place.
After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States made a decision to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017. We've landed a World Cup. The vote leaves Morocco reeling from a fifth failure in a World Cup hosting vote, with the continent's sole tournament coming in 2010 in South Africa.
One has to think all three will receive an automatic pass into the tournament.
Three Canadian cities - Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto - could potentially host matches. But in the end, it was a non-factor, as the "United Bid" earned more than double the votes of Morocco.
The last time Federation Internationale de Football Association voted on World Cup hosting rights was in 2010 with the decision resting with the old executive committee and they chose Russia to host the 2018 tournament and Qatar for 2022. Leaders of the Morocco bid said they expected an African tournament to generate $5 billion in revenue. According to a report in the Free Press Journal, Brazil even promised to look after India's expenses during the World Cup.
"Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent".
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