US, Mexico and Canada Announce 2026 World Cup Bid

The football associations of the United States, Canada and Mexico have announced their intention to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

Sunil Gulati, US Soccer Federation chief, who announced the bid in NY with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts on Monday, insisted they had the full backing of President Donald Trump, despite the US leader's rocky relations with Mexico.

At the minute, the plan is the U.S. will host 60 games and 10 games each will be played in Mexico and Canada.

"The president of the United States is fully supportive".

But, as Sunil Gulati said, it feels the bid is stronger with three countries on board, and it has the ability to bring the nations closer together, at a time when political relationships between the U.S. and Mexico are not strong.

Trump was elected past year after a campaign marked by acrid rhetoric against Mexico, vowing to build a wall along the country's southern border to keep out illegal immigrants.

Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from NY, said: "While the decision isn't expected for another three years, this joint bid is a clear front runner also because there appears to be no challengers". Russian Federation is hosting the 2018 finals, followed by Qatar in 2022.

With Europe and Asia ineligible, CONCACAF could in theory face potential competition from the Africa, South America and Oceania regional confederations.

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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.

According to Gulati, the USA will host 60 games.

The United States also burnished its credentials as a major tournament host with last year's 16-team Copa America Centenario.

The US staged the 1994 World Cup, which had the highest average attendance in the tournament's history.

Asked whether Mexico in particular, which hosted the World Cup in 1970 and 1986, wanted to hold more matches, Gulati said: "I think it's safe to say both countries would have liked to host more".

Argentina and Uruguay - the original World Cup host in 1930 - are focused on a centenary tournament in 2030, however.

However Canada earned plaudits for its staging of the Womens' World Cup in 2015, which was won by the United States in the final in Vancouver.

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