United States, Canada and Mexico announce joint 2026 World Cup bid

The U.S. Soccer president explained the rationale behind having Canada and Mexico join the Americans' bid for the 2026 World Cup. This will be three years later than scheduled because of corruption allegations surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russian Federation and Qatar.

At the press conference at One World Trade Center, Gulati acknowledged as much.

The United States, Mexico and Canada have officially launched a bid to jointly host the 2026 World Cup.

Asked how the joint bid is viewed by President Trump, who has promised to build a border wall between the US and Mexico, Gulati said at the news conference that Trump was "fully supportive".

A bid from the North America region for 2026 had always been regarded as inevitable by Federation Internationale de Football Association watchers. Right now, there's only one natural-grass stadium in Canada equipped to host a group-stage game at a World Cup: BMO Field in Toronto. The United States, host nation in 1994, probably has the facilities and infrastructure to host a tournament on that scale by itself tomorrow.

According to Press Association analysis, the USA probably has the facilities to host a tournament by itself tomorrow. The U.S. participated in the 2018 and 2022 bidding contest but lost in a hotly disputed vote that sparked corruption investigations.

Some reports have suggested that Morocco, which failed in bids for four previous World Cups, could team up with Spain and possibly Portugal in a joint bid.

Should Concacaf's three-way bid prove successful, it would mark the first time Fifa's flagship tournament is staged across three separate countries. "We have a strong encouragement from President Trump". "He is especially pleased that Mexico is involved, as for what he said, I'm not going to address that".

Both the US and Mexico have previously hosted the tournament and Canada also has the resources to do so alone, but the countries have made a decision to combine partially as a result of the finals' looming expansion to 48 teams.

The 2018 men's World Cup is set for Russian Federation with the 2022 tournament headed to Qatar.

Hosting the FIFA World Cup in Canada could be huge for the development of the of soccer in the nation.

The joint bid comes at a time when United States and Mexican relations are strained, after American President Donald Trump pledged to build a wall along the border in a bid to curb illegal immigration. The success of that World Cup spawned the birth of Major League Soccer, which has grown to 22 teams two decades later.

US Soccer President, Sunil Gulati, said earlier today that they have the full support of the US government in this project.

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