US soccer league hails selection of North America as host of 2026 World Cup
Don Garber (C), the commissioner of Major League Soccer, attends a press conference on the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center in New York, New York, USA, 10 April 2017 to announce the unified bid of the United States, Mexico and Canada to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup competition. EPA-EFE/PETER FOLEY
Hardcore Atlanta United fans before the first half of the MLS soccer match between the New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 20 May 2018. The Red Bulls defeated Atlanta United. EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER
FIFA President Gianni Infantino (2-R), FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura (C) and CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani at the start of the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia, 13 June 2018. EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV
New York, Jun 13 (efe-epa).- The United States' top soccer league said FIFA's decision Wednesday to award 2026 World Cup hosting rights to a combined bid from the US, Canada and Mexico was enormously important to efforts to promote the sport in that part of the world.
"The decision to host World Cup 2026 in Canada, Mexico and the United States is a testament to our three nations coming together for the United Bid, and a monumental step in our collective mission to further advance the game of soccer in North America," Alfonso Mondelo, Major League Soccer's sports director, said in a statement sent to EFE.
"There is no doubt that World Cup 2026 will elevate the sport of soccer to entirely new levels and Major League Soccer is honored to be a part of this joyous day," Alfonso added.
He said the decision by soccer's world governing body to hold that year's tournament in North America was "testament to our three nations coming together for the United Bid."
"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," Mondelo said.
The North American combined bid beat out a lone competing bid from Morocco by a vote of 134-65 during Wednesday's FIFA Congress, which was held in Moscow and brought together member associations from around the world.
The 2018 World Cup gets under way in Russia on Thursday.