USA, CANADA AND MEXICO PROMISE TO HOST 2026 WORLD CUP
The United States of America have promised to partner their South American neighbours Mexico and their Northern counterparts Canada to submit a three-nation bid for the 2026 World Cup.
The US Soccer chief Sunil Gulati, the Mexican Football Federation president Decio de Maria and the Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montaglianihave made the pledge to submit an official bid to host the world’s biggest football tournament.
The bid would likely favour joint heads going by the stance of current FIFA president Gianni Infantino – it is one of his promises as he took office, aside the expansion of the event. Two nations combined to host the 2002 World Cup but this would be first time three countries would be combining resources.
The United States remain the ‘main’ host as they have 60 games allotted to them while the two partners would stage ten games apiece as FIFA extend the number of participants from 32 to 48.
“When our nations come together as one, as we will for 2026, there is no question the United States, Mexico and Canada will deliver an experience that will celebrate the game, serve players, supporters and partners alike,” Gulati said at a press conference as they made the pledge.
The joint bid would now be the favourite to win, and the rotational policy favours it. With Russia hosting the edition next year and Qatar the 2022 edition, the American region would be favoured. The bid is expected to reach FIFA before the end of next year. The governing body would evaluate all proposals for 15 months then the chosen host would be named in 2020.
The US would reach out to its soccer ambassadors to drive support for their bid. Stars like Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson, Tim Howard, Claudio Reyna and the rest would be called upon to support the initiative. If their joint proposal goes through, it would likely sail through as they would have the commercial and financial might, infrastructure, security and aesthetics to successfully pull it off.