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U.S., Canada, Mexico partner for joint 2026 World Cup bid

13 April 2017

The United States, Mexico and Canada have announced a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

The rough plan calls for approximately 60 of the matches to take place in the United States and 10 each in Mexico and Canada according to Gulati.

The proposal would be for the USA to host 60 matches, with 10 games each in Canada and Mexico.

Gulati attempted to deflect questions about a tournament involving the USA and Mexico amid President Trump's harsh words toward America's southern neighbor, saying that Trump had given his backing to the proposal and was "especially pleased that Mexico was a part of this bid". The U.S. has not hosted any World Cup action since 1994.

The hosting rights are due to be awarded by Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2020.

The last time the Games were held in North America was in 1994 when the United States hosted for the first time.

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He's particularly pleased that Mexico is part of the bid and that's in the previous couple of days we've got additional encouragement on that. The US also hosted women's World Cups in 2003 and 1999, while Mexico has hosted men's World Cups in 1986 and 1970, and Canada had the women's World Cup in 2015. However, after a tainted vote saw Russian Federation and Qatar earn hosting rights for the next two World Cups, the power has been returned to FIFA's 211-member Congress after a almost four-decade long gap in voting rights.

Trump's support to bring the World Cup back to America shouldn't be all that surprising. The World Cup had seen a huge outpouring of fans in the stadiums as average attendance was above sixty thousand, which was a record in the history of World Cup.

"Given what's happened in some of the last World Cups and Olympics, building a stadium without a long-term use isn't an appealing option", Gulati said. The North American and South American countries have the sole right to bid for 2026 and 2030 World Cup. The final would be held in the U.S. The US will host every match from the quarter-finals and the following rounds. The U.S. lost the chance to host the 2022 World Cup, but that bidding process was rife with bribery and corruption. But Gulati emphasized that the final decisions on venues rested with Federation Internationale de Football Association.

If North American is named the host site, it would mark the first time that soccer's showcase event was hosted by more than two countries.

Among the possible venues are MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (82,500 capacity, opened in 2010); AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (80,000, 2009); Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, California (68,500, 2014); Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts (66,000, 2002); and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (69,500 in 2003).