"It's not only about our sport and sports, it's building a nation, it's a nation-builder".
When Canada finally gets to that day eight years from now, we'll all be able to point to this year, 2018, as the one that changed everything for Canadian soccer.
The vote was conducted on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, which is scheduled to kick off Thursday in host nation Russian Federation. This will be the first time Canada has hosted men's World Cup finals games having hosted the Women's World Cup in 2015.
The last time the US hosted the World Cup was in 1994, with Brazil winning the tournament at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday's vote. "Our cities are ready to host today", said John Kristick, executive director of the United Bid Committee.
Fox, Fox Sports and Telemundo Deportes have US broadcast rights to this year's tournament - for which the USA national team failed to qualify - and also for 2026. The three joint bidders enjoy close relationships with their Concacaf brethren and with CONMEBOL countries, regularly playing South American nations in friendly matches and staging the 2016 Copa America Centenario in conjunction with them.
The United bid made a presentation to UEFA officials on Tuesday, with CSA president Steve Reed handling the Canadian portion. They had done presentations for the five other confederations on Monday.
"We felt our message was very strong", said Montopoli.
"Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent".
The so-called United bid gets 17 low-risk assessments and three medium (organizing cost, legal-government support, and human rights and labour standards).
In its evaluation, the joint bid also got a "technical score" of 402.8 out of 500, compared to Morocco's 274.9.
Morocco appeared too hazardous as a potential host when all 14 venues had to be built or renovated as part of a $16 billion investment in new infrastructure.
Eventually, the 23 candidate cities will be narrowed down to 16.
The winning bid, also shared with Mexico and Canada, was announced early Wednesday. We give our thoughts on the vote win and its implications and the shocking decision from Spain to fire manager Julen Lopetegui on Day 2 of our daily podcast from the site of the World Cup.
That, along with the promise of major revenues from North American sponsors and television networks, was appealing to Federation Internationale de Football Association, an organization that has been beset by global corruption scandals, concerns over exorbitant costs related to previous tournaments, and allegations of widespread labor and human rights abuses around the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The North African country claimed 33 per cent of the vote. The U.S. hosted in 1994.
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