North America will host the 2026 World Cup after Federation Internationale de Football Association voters chose the three-country bid from co-hosts United States, Canada and Mexico.
But Morocco, bidding for a fifth time, had closed the gap on "United 2026" to the point that nobody in Moscow wanted to make a public prediction ahead of the vote at the FIFA Congress, where 207 member associations, minus the four bidding nations, cast ballots.
Carlos Codeiro, US Soccer President said; "Thank you so, so much for this incredible honour". "We stand for fair, open, handsome sport".
He has now reacted to the news on Twitter, and it seems he is very excited about the prospect of opening against two of England's best teams.
"He spent a lot of time and a lot of hours working with the highest levels of our government to ensure we did what we needed to do to get the bid here", said Bilello.
"We're looking forward to putting this soccer city on the world's greatest sporting stage".
Just one day before the World Cup begins, excitement levels have risen exponentially, managers have shockingly departed, and José Mourinho, now flying over to Russian Federation, has chipped in once again with his opinion for the outcome of the tournament. The US, Mexico and Canada received 134 votes (67 percent) with the Morocco bid earning 65 votes.
The main factor at play here seems to be money.
It followed a campaign centered around record crowds, existing venues and a forecast revenue of $14.3 billion (£10.6 billion/€12.1 billion).
The World Cup is coming to North America in 2026.
The U.S. last hosted the World Cup in 1994, an event that eventually gave rise to Major League Soccer, now in its 23rd season. The others would then be split between Canada and Mexico.
There is also no National Football League stadium within Portland that could be used.
Houston, along with Dallas, are among the potential host cities apart of the winning bid.