The joint bid defeated Morocco's application with 134 of the 200 votes cast at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.
Cameroon's representative to FIFA, Kevin Njomo, said the three-nation bid "was strong and if it was just the United States..."
There's no guarantee Canada will have a team at the 2026 World Cup, the first time it will be hosted by more than one country. National-team base camps could also be held at local sites such as Loyola Maryland and Navy.
According to the Executive Director of the United Bid Committee, John Kristick, "We can focus on the game". With M&T Bank Stadium's $120 million renovation set to be completed by next fall, city officials will have two years to address issues both technical and otherwise.
"It's not a huge order of magnitude compared to some of the other events that we've hosted in the past or that are being now discussed", Iveson said, referring to Calgary's pursuit to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.
An initial estimate for Calgary to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games was $4.6 billion, although financials, and what the taxpayers' share would be, continue to be crunched.
The United States last hosted the men's World Cup in 1994.
While Canada has never hosted-or even qualified for-the men's World Cup, it can count on its more experienced co-hosts and current NAFTA partners.
Toronto's mayor noted that Canada had little chance of hosting the global soccer tournament on its own, but will now reap the benefits resulting from its participation in the joint bid. And then we've got an eye on the pathway, the infrastructure, the development system to make sure that the right players arrive at the right time in 2026. Hosting the 2026 World Cup will be used as an incentive to involve more people in the game, U.S. Soccer's Cordeiro told reporters.
A total of 23 venues - three in Mexico, three in Canada, 17 in the United States - have made the final shortlist that will be considered for the tournament.
The U.S. metro areas in the running are Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium), Boston (Gillette Stadium), Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium), Dallas (AT&T Stadium), Denver (Sports Authority Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Kansas City (Arrowhead Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl and the new National Football League stadium), Miami (Hard Rock Stadium), Nashville (Nissan Stadium), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Camping World Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), San Jose (Levi's Stadium), Seattle (Century Link Field) and Washington (FedEx Field).
The North American victory suggests current Federation Internationale de Football Association leaders don't hold grudges against a country whose government has jailed corrupt sports leaders. Will this World Cup put the sport over the top and embed it into the American culture to where it can rival the traditional sports?
"Overall we scored solidly in the bid and we know we have the best stadium in the country to host soccer", he said. But to ensure the point is moot, Jones said the US must reach underserved communities to find talent, develop teens such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and the Red Bulls' Tyler Adams and bring soccer passion to the public. Another three are cities that will have expansion teams coming into MLS.