Morocco Loses to U.S, Canada & Mexico

Tim Cahill

Two Miami residents - newly-elected U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro and Donna Shalala, a U.S. Soccer board member - were deeply involved in the bid process.

"The lovely game transcends borders and cultures".

"Not to comment really on the US side, but maybe they felt that they wished to go further in some additional letters which they had received from their president", he added.

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Morocco FA president Fouzi Lekjaa said: "I would like to reaffirm the determination of my country, Morocco, to continue to work for football, to work for the youth and also to realise some day our dream to host the World Cup in Morocco".

Morocco secured 65 votes, with the one remaining going to "none of the bids".

It received a significantly higher rating from Federation Internationale de Football Association than Morocco's bid, offered much more certainty in terms of venues and infrastructure and promised billions of dollars more in revenue. "People have a soft spot for Mexico, especially looking at Mexico as a little bit under-developed and giving them a chance".

But at the pre-match press conference on the eve of the World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia, the 54-year-old tactician seemed the polar opposite of a man under pressure.

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"We have no regrets (voting for Morocco)".

It's expected that Canada and Mexico will stage 10 games each with the US hosting 60. But FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggested the split of games could change. FIFA said in May 2017 that the question will be answered by the FIFA Council at a later date, and no decision was made on Wednesday.

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.

Morocco have now failed with five bids to hold the World Cup and are unlikely now to have the financial means to put together another bid for the foreseeable future.

The world's biggest sporting event could be on its way to Edmonton. "It is a nice message".

The U.S. metro areas in the running are Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium), Boston (Gillette Stadium), Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium), Dallas (AT&T Stadium), Denver (Sports Authority Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl and the new National Football League stadium), Miami (Hard Rock Stadium), Nashville (Nissan Stadium), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Camping World Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), San Jose (Levi's Stadium), Seattle (Century Link Field) and Washington (FedEx Field). American soccer officials downplayed the influence of politics on the bid.

"They are doing something stressful and that's why we want them wearing the dress code". 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. Jacksonville was named among the initial candidates to host games in the 80-game competition, but the city was cut from the candidate list in October 2017.

"Hosting a FIFA World Cup™ is an extraordinary honor and privilege", said Steven Reed, President of Canada Soccer and Co-Chair of the United Bid.

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