Morocco, which has now lost five bid campaigns, was classy in defeat - congratulating the North American winners.
One of the most immediate and significant implications of Wednesday's result is that Canada's mens national team will play at a World Cup for the first time in nearly four decades, as all three host nations likely qualify automatically for the tournament.
"Football today is the only victor", said U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.
"We are grateful for the chance to bring to life FIFA's new vision for the future of football", said Decio de Maria, President of Mexico Football Federation and Co-Chair of the United Bid. Instead of a small executive committee making the decision, this time it was done by a vote of FIFA's over 200 member nations.
Do Canada, Mexico and the United States of America automatically qualify?
As it stands now, 60 games will be played in the United States, with Mexico and Canada hosting 10 each. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup, though it was the site of the 2015 Women's World Cup. The other 20 - all group-stage games - will be split between Mexico and Canada.
Canada, meanwhile, did not even make it that far, finishing third behind Mexico and Honduras in the fourth round.
The final will be held at the 84,953-capacity MetLife Stadium, which is home to National Football League sides the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are Canadian candidate host cities for the men's soccer showcase, expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament.
"If we get to host in 2026, that's the realization of a lifelong dream, to get back to the World Cup, and to give kids that opportunity to be inspired like I was in 1986".
Since the USA first hosted the World Cup in 1994, it has been in France, South Korea and Japan (joint-bid), Germany, South Africa and Brazil, with the Russia World Cup beginning on Thursday.
The absence of Italy, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Chile, who were backed by 13,000 fans during last year's Confederations Cup, has raised the prospect of some games at the World Cup being played to smaller crowds than originally anticipated.
Herdman said there is precedent for the nations involved in joint bids being granted entry, pointing to Japan and South Korea in 2002. Both bids were of a very high quality and we welcome the fact that the bidding process was both open and transparent.
Wednesday's vote, held in Moscow on the eve of this year's tournament, was about much more than just the 2026 host nation.