US, Mexico, Canada launch joint football World Cup bid

USA, Mexico and Canada announced a joint bid to stage the 2026 World Cup on Monday, aiming to become the first three-way co-hosts in the history of FIFA's showpiece tournament.

The bid also comes at a time while the current US president, Donald Trump, has implemented an aggressive stance on immigration enforcement and wants to build a wall at the US-Mexico border.

"We have the full support of the United States government in this project", said the U.S. soccer president, Sunil Gulati. "The President of the United States is fully supportive and encouraged us to have this joint bid".

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. "Starting today, the United States gets back control of its borders", Trump said.

"We don't believe sport can solve all the issues in the world but, especially with what's going on in the world today, we believe this is a hugely positive signal and symbol of what we can do together in unifying people, especially in our three countries", Gulati said.

"A World Cup in North America, with 60 games in the United States, will be by far the most successful World Cup in the history of Federation Internationale de Football Association in terms of economics", he said. Following on the tiresome destinations Russian Federation and Qatar are seemingly set to provide as the next two World Cup hosts, we're gonna need it. 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. In December 2010, the governing body announced that Russian Federation and Qatar, respectively, will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

"The US, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events", added Gulati. All matches from the quarterfinals onwards would be in the United States.

"I think it's safe to say both countries would have liked to host more".

In January, FIFA announced it would expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams starting in 2026.

He likened the Canadian soccer landscape as being similar to where the US was before it was awarded the 1994 World Cup - which saw the sport take off in the States. The network claims CONCACAF, football's governing body in Central and North America, will make a proposal to FIFA at its congress in May for a period of time to showcase its bid without competitors.

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