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On the agenda amongst many other issues was that of the 2026 World Cup hosting rights.

While host cities will be determined by Federation Internationale de Football Association at a later date, Los Angeles is one of 17 US cities up for the honor.

The contest had been expected to be close - thanks largely to Trump's unpopularity overseas - but the combined commercial clout of Canada, Mexico and the U.S. was simply too much for FIFA's voters to ignore and they won by 134 votes to 65.

The vote took place with 200 of FIFA's 211 member nations casting their decision as to whether the "United" bid or Morocco should host the World Cup which will be the first to feature 48 teams.

To date, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay are the only countries that have jointly submitted a bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup began Thursday with the hosts Russian Federation defeating Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament.

Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani shared the national disappointment but tweeted his thanks to the bid organizers for "this common dream". Yet he didn't lose hope, saying, "The world still looks at Africa as an underdog, but we can't afford to give up".

Canada will host men's World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.

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The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside NY - home of the NFL's Giants and Jets - is proposed for the final. More than 40 soccer officials and businesses indicted, convicted or pleaded guilty.

"FIFA was clinically dead as an organization", Infantino said, reflecting on his election in 2016.

The North American victory suggests football officials are ready to gather for a World Cup in a country whose government has demonstrated its willingness to jail corrupt sports leaders through undercover investigations.

In a mid-April tweet, Trump threatened to withhold support from nations that failed to back the North American bid.

For those who weren't enthusiastic about soccer, there's a good chance they are now.

"You learn a lot from watching the game", she said.

There is also a chance to send a seventh team via an inter-continental playoff.