Donald Trump backs U.S. for 2026 World Cup bid with Canada, Mexico
Apr 21 2017
Canada, the United States and Mexico have launched their bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup.
The U.S. will take the bulk of the tournament, with 60 of the 80 games in the United States of America, and discussions have taken place to schedule group games in similar time zones which run through all three countries to minimize travel.
Although details of the joint bid have yet to be released, soccer analysts believe the U.S., Canada and Mexico are early favorites to host the 2026 tournament.
The US, Canada and Mexico bid is said to be a favorite for the 2026 World Cup as the two previous World Cup hosts, Europe and Asia, can not bid for the next event.
"We announce our bid to bring the World Cup back to the United States, to Canada and Mexico in 2026", Gulati announced on the 102nd floor observatory of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.
Federation Internationale de Football Association will make a determination on the host for the 2026 tournament in 2020. However, since they hosted the last two World Cups (South Africa and Brazil, respectively), it's hard seeing what country from either of those confederations could beat this North American bid.
This North American joint bid is now favored to be chosen due to the increased size of the tournament. But he said the joint approach made for a stronger bid, was positive for soccer in the region and serves as a "hugely positive signal and symbol of what we can do together".
All matches from the quarterfinal stage on will be played in the U.S. "The president of the United States encouraged us to make this bid and is especially pleased that Mexico is involved in this bid".
Even though the CONCACAF joint bid is the frontrunner, history shows that anything can happen. Canada has never hosted the World Cup.
Gulati would not answer directly a question about where the World Cup final would be played. "We are not at all concerned at some of the concerns that some people may raise", Gulati said.
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 United States and Mexico are not strong. The country did host the Women's World Cup two years ago. 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.
But if Bruce Arena successfully leads the US men's national team to its eighth straight World Cup, will Trump travel to Russian Federation next year to watch the Red, White and Blue?