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US, Canada and Mexico announce joint bid for World Cup 2026

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The 2026 FIFA World Cup could be awarded to Canada, Mexico and the United States without a bidding process, according to a report.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, Mexico's Decio De Maria and Canada's Victor Montagliani announced the unified bid, which would represent the first time three nations jointly host a Fifa competition.

The proposal would be for the U.S. to host 60 matches, with 10 games each in Canada and Mexico.

The bid provides a stark contrast to President Donald Trump's promise to build a border wall between the US and Mexico.

"We have the full support of the USA government in this project", Gulati said.

But Gulati insists the president, who was installed late 2016, is supportive of the joint effort. "We are not at all concerned at some of the concerns that some people may raise", Gulati said.

From the perspective of the CONCACAF it does good as there is also the thought about how a joint bid would benefit the entire region, and not just a single country.

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The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Mexico federation president in a statement said, "If we are selected to host, it will be an honor to welcome everyone with open arms". The expansion will begin after the World Cups in Russian Federation and Qatar.

That sense of certainty hardened past year, when FIFA's council ruled that neither Europe nor Asia would be eligible to run for the 2026 tournament on the grounds that the regions are hosting the next two World Cups.

Mexico has hosted the World Cup twice before - the 1970 finals won by a Pele-inspired Brazil and the 1986 tournament won by an Argentina team led by Diego Maradona. It has all played very nicely into the hands of CONCACAF whose three biggest members have, as expected, now officially announced their intention to bid for the 2026 World Cup. The United States would host all knockout games from the quarter-finals onwards, he added.

The 2026 tournament will be the first of the new 48-team, 80-game format.

Gulati didn't directly mention President Donald Trump in that particular remark, but the impact of the policies of the fledging administration on a World Cup bid involving feuding neighbors was a constant theme during the event atop the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan. That change came in the wake of allegations of wrongdoing surrounding Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 event, in which the tiny, oil-rich nation beat out proposals from the U.S., Japan and South Korea. The United States last hosted the World Cup in 1994. After the controversial December 2010 vote that awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups - now the subject of a criminal investigation by Swiss authorities - the decision was returned to the broader voting body of 211 members. "It's FIFA's decision. Every men's World Cup has been played on grass".

Among the possible venues in the United States are MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (82,500 capacity, opened in 2010); AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (80,000, 2009); Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California (68,500, 2014); Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts (66,000, 2002); and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (69,500 in 2003).