Murphy: "100 Percent" Chance U.S. Wins Bid

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is confident that the U.S., Mexico and Canada will win a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup

Ferrall On The Bench
June 08, 2018 - 5:45 am

The 2018 World Cup will begin June 14 in Russia, but U.S. soccer fans might be more interested in what happens June 13, when FIFA elects a host country for the 2026 World Cup. The United States, Mexico and Canada have submitted a joint bid.

What are the odds that North America gets it?

“One-hundred percent,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I bemoan the fact that our men didn’t qualify, but the ability to host the World Cup is a game-changer for us. Frankly, I think it’s crazy that we lost to either Russia or Qatar. We should have had one of those, frankly. I’m glad we’ve extended the group beyond ourselves to include Canada and Mexico. We helped actually pitch the bid when they visited MetLife Stadium a month or so ago.”

North America’s chief competition is reportedly Morocco.

“Morocco is a fine country, but by all rights, we should win that bid,” said Murphy, who became a big soccer fan when he served as United States Ambassador to Germany in 2009-13. “It’s a game-changer if we do.”

Murphy also discussed sports betting, which could soon be coming to New Jersey, particularly Monmouth Park and Atlantic City.

“This is a big deal,” he said. “There a couple locations in particular that are really set up for this. Those weekends that otherwise would have gone out to Vegas on an NFL playoff weekend – or whatever sport you want to pick – you can see them now staying in state. I think it’s got a huge direct and indirect positive impact on the state.”