The first World Cup's 16 cities, split across three countries, have been revealed.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino made a bold statement summarizing the tournament's goal, which will be held primarily in the United States in 2026.
"By 2026, soccer — or futbol — will be the most popular sport in this region," he predicted.
There were victors and losers around four years before soccer's showcase came to the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
After missing out on hosting the 1994 tournament, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Kansas City, Missouri were among the cities chosen.
Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Tennessee, and Orlando, Florida were all left off the list.