Now what can we do with it?
The acoustically-superior CenturyLink Field has built a reputation for the mini earthquakes it produces upon the true "wow" moments in sports.
It's still undetermined if all three hosts will get automatic berths, as they have in the past. However, Shanks expects soccer's popularity to continue to grow in the USA within the next eight years.
"Thank you for the incredible privilege", US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro told voting delegates from 203 countries today.
The United States is slated to stage 60 matches, including every game from the quarter-finals onwards.
There is no question that the last four years have been hard for American soccer.
The 2026 soccer tournament, he said, will be the first World Cup to expand from 32 teams to 48 teams.
Futbol has always been king in Mexico, but now there are more kids playing soccer in Canada than hockey.
"I want another four years of it because I believe in what I do", Infantino said.
The 2018 World Cup begins Friday across Russian Federation.
"But I think where it had the advantage was the World Cup would be more profitable in America and it is a capitalist world".
While Portland is known for its tremendous support of soccer, the city doesn't have a stadium that would support the attendance numbers expected for a World Cup game.
After considering separate bids for the 2026 World Cup, the federations that govern soccer in Mexico, Canada and the United States chose to launch a cooperative effort to host the tournament in April 2017.
"My dream is to someday compete in the World Cup, maybe even in my home town of Edmonton". "I don't, at this point, see any negative impacts". "But the money we generate can be reinvested in football".
"They have made a decision among themselves but ultimately it will be up to Federation Internationale de Football Association to decide", Infantino said. The U.S. hosted once in 1994.
They have eight years to do so.
Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from NY, said: "While the official name of the bid is United 2026, the three potential host nations are right now anything but united". "To play a World Cup match in front of my friends and family, that'd be huge". We've landed a World Cup.
So Morocco concentrated its pitch on the country's undisputed passion for football, the notion that Africa deserves another World Cup after South Africa 2010, its far more compact offering and Euro-friendly time zone. "The critical day is what's it look like the day after?"
Pre-World Cup training camps, albeit depending on the stature of the national teams, are usually elaborate operations featuring highly paid pro players who gather with their national sides about a month before the competition starts.
"It's great for the country and great for soccer in America", he said. The games only last two hours.
"I mean, isn't that a great achievement?"