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USA, Mexico and Canada team up for 2026 World Cup bid

21 April 2017

"The United States, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events", Gulati said. Canada staged a widely-praised women's tournament two years ago. The US has hosted the event once in 1994 while Mexico has hosted the event twice in 1970 and 1986.

The vote will be the first under Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino, who was elected in February to head the organization. "This will be an extraordinarily successful World Cup on financial and economic grounds".

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The United States first hosted the World Cup in 1994, staging a commercially successful 24-team tournament that played out to packed stadia.

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The 2014 World Cup was an economic disaster for Brazil, which spent billions to build stadiums specifically for the tournament that are now already unused and in disrepair.

The 2026 tournament will be the first of the expanded format. The bids will be evaluated over the next 15 months, with that phase being completed by February 2020.

U.S. Soccer will make a historic announcement with fellow CONCACAF member nations Mexico and Canada this Monday at 2 p.m. ET. Previously, the voting power was wielded by an executive ruling committee of around two dozen countries. Trump's politics are important to this bid.

The joint bid comes at a time when U.S. 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.

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"This is a milestone day for U.S. Soccer and for CONCACAF", said U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati. The tournament will expand from 32 to 48 teams for the '26 tournament, and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino has encouraged joint bids to accommodate the increased number of teams. He is especially pleased that Mexico was a part of this bid. The Copa America Centenario - held in the United States last summer - stages its final at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, but there are no shortage of grounds, in various cities, that could fit the bill.

It is worth noting that because of U.S. Presidential term limits, President Trump will not be the current president by the time the 2026 World Cup takes place. We clearly between the three countries have 40, 50 stadiums that meet FIFA's qualifications and criteria, as well as cities and hotels and air. The three nation bid will allow the three countries to host games for the 2026 edition of the World Cup.

There are a couple more strategic reasons the USA has eschewed submitting a solo proposal.

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USA, Mexico and Canada team up for 2026 World Cup bid