The process wasn't always simple or straightforward, but the USA's joint bid with Mexico and Canada has won the right to host the 2026 World Cup. Even if Trump wins re-election, his presidency would end before the 2026 World Cup.
The joint North American bid was considered a heavy favorite from the outset and earned high marks from FIFA's bid evaluators because it will, in theory, require less construction and lower costs than the Moroccan bid, which carried an estimated price tag above $15 billion.
The "United" bid from North America went in as the front-runner after inspectors gave it a score of 4 out of 5 in terms of the countries' ability and readiness to organize an excellent tournament.
A aerial view of MetLife Stadium during the national anthem with a 100 yard American Flag before the start of the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the The New York Jets in East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S. September 11, 2016.
The World Cup is coming back to America in 2026. None of the US, Canada or Mexico work all that often with their AFC counterparts, but the United Bid team sensed an opportunity in the region. Luis Rubiales was not present at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, the RFEF president instead in Krasnodar to deliver the news that Julen Lopetegui had been sacked as coach just two days before their opening game with Portugal.
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.
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". "Canada, Mexico, and the United States are ready to welcome the world to North America and serve as stewards of the largest FIFA World Cup™ in history".
There is no question that the last four years have been hard for American soccer. We're also joined by Ken Bensinger, author of the book "Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports", to discuss the scandal-ridden organization and its tumultuous last few years.
"When they help us fight against corruption, of course, we are pleased", Infantino said.
The United 2026 bid is led by the U.S. and they will provide at least 10 of the 16 host cities for the tournament. The sport of soccer has grown from third tier status to a big business in the United States and 1994 was a turning point.
The 2015 Women's World Cup was played on artificial turf, prompting a human rights complaint from a group of elite female players.
There is also a chance to send an eighth team via an inter-continental playoff.