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USA, Mexico, Canada announce joint bid for 2026 World Cup

Decio de María dio una conferencia extensa Canada, US, Mexico To Make Joint Bid For 2026 Fifa World Cup
Montrelle Montesinos | 21 Abril, 2017, 16:39

The announcement was made Monday afternoon in a press conference hosted by the federations of the three countries at One World Observatory in NY.

Another U.S. president will be in the White House in 2026, but Infantino felt compelled to reiterate the requirements for any country looking to host FIFA's showcase event, which will be expanded from 32 to 48 teams after the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

The 10 April announcement by the three CONCACAF member nations was made at One World Observatory in NY on the 102nd and top floors of the One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

US Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati, who announced the bid in NY with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts, insisted they had the full backing of President Donald Trump, despite the US leader's rocky relations with Mexico. The United States wants to join together with Mexico and Canada and then invite the world's best soccer nations and their fans to the continent.

And no rival bid has yet emerged for the 2026 tournament, which is due to be awarded by Federation Internationale de Football Association in May 2020.

Should the bid be successful, it would mark only the second time the World Cup has been hosted by multiple countries, following on from South Korea and Japan in 2002.

According to Press Association analysis, the U.S. probably has the facilities to host a tournament by itself tomorrow.

"The general parameters of this bid are a World Cup of 80 games". Canada would host the FIFA World Cup for the first time, having previous experience hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015 and the U20 World Cup in 2007.

Last month, Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino raised concerns about an American World Cup bid over the Trump administration's travel ban of Muslim-majority countries.

The overriding emotion from this announcement was one of togetherness as Gulati acknowledged the USA could have easily bid to host this tournament on its own but cited the desire to grow the game across the CONCACAF region as well as bringing the three nations together.

Speaking with Trump, Gulati said the president was "especially pleased" to be partnering with Mexico, which Trump has repeatedly insisted must pay to build a wall along the shared border.

The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup, still the highest-attended in tournament history.

Canada's Mens National Team has been trending downward for years and a successful World Cup big would likely do wonders for the growing spot of soccer in Canada.

"We have the full support of this project from the USA government", Gulati said. Everything from deciding which cities and stadiums will host matches - all three countries will have to decide how many matches go to each nation and who gets the glamour matches like the opener and final - to the transportation, scheduling and infrastructure will have to be determined.

The 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be played in Russian Federation and Qatar, respectively. "I think those are all positives".

Here's how the United States, Mexico and Canada would share the 2026 World Cup.