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.
After controversy surrounded the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russian Federation and the 2022 finals in Qatar, the vote was the first to be decided by the FIFA congress. The United States will host the remaining 60, including the final.
To do so would have invited ridicule when it needed to build or renovate the 14 stadiums it wants to use - a task FIFA's technical report said "cannot be overstated". The 2026 tournament will be the first hosted by multiple countries since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are all candidates cities for games at the tournament that will be hosted by Canada, the USA and Mexico.
British Columbia might not be shut out from the 2026 World Cup entirely.
The city has a chance to host warm-up friendly matches and perhaps other events ahead of the global soccer competition, which returns to the United States for the first time since 1994.
As a result, Fifa's executive committee is no longer responsible for the final say on which country is awarded a World Cup. It will also be played during the 250th anniversary celebrations of the country, founded in 1776. As part of the joint bid, Trump pledged that those traveling to the United States for the tournament would not be subject to stringent visa restrictions.
Teams could schedule friendly matches at TIAA Bank Field in the weeks of preparation leading up to the World Cup. "So it's great news to hold the FIFA World Cup, but it's already money that was going to be invested and I think that's important".
The African nation also received the boost of US-governed territories Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and US Virgin Islands abstaining from voting due to a perceived conflict of interest.
Montopoli, speaking for the Canadian portion of the bid, said only that they had the government guarantees they had required.
Since the World Cup - at least on the men's side - must be played on grass, the artificial turf at Olympic Stadium will need to be replaced and the roof will need to open. There is now a professional league that includes impressive infrastructure such as stadiums and training grounds, European games are omnipresent on television, top players now come from across the country, and the World Cup is big business.
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.