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World's Biggest Sports Event Will Return to North America

World Cup will head back to US soil after 22-year hiatus
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2018 8:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – North American soccer fans have something to look forward to beyond Thursday's kickoff of the World Cup in Russia. FIFA announced Wednesday that the US, Canada, and Mexico had beat out Morocco to play host to the 2026 sporting event, the first to be awarded to three countries and the first featuring Canada as host. The US will see the majority of the action, however, hosting 60 of 80 matches, including the final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, per the New York Times. President Trump promised athletes would be able to enter the US "without discrimination" ahead of the decision, per CNN. The US last hosted the World Cup in 1994. Mexico hasn't hosted the tournament since 1986. (Read more World Cup stories.)

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