USA takes best shot at landing FIFA World Cup with joint bid

USA takes best shot at landing FIFA World Cup with joint bid

USA takes best shot at landing FIFA World Cup with joint bid

The U.S., Canada and Mexico have submitted a joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Gulati said the initial plans were to stage 60 of the 80 World Cup games in the U.S., with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 games each.

Speaking at the event, held at the One World Observatory inside Manhattan's One World Trade Center, Gulati said the initial proposal calls for the United States, which had originally considered bidding alone, to stage 60 games in the newly expanded 48-country, 80-game tournament, with Canada and Mexico hosting ten games each.

The CONCACAF trio confirmed their plan at a press conference on Monday at One World Trade Centre in NY.

US Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati, who announced the bid in NY with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts, insisted they had the full backing of President Donald Trump, despite the US leader's rocky relations with Mexico.

"There will be 80 games, three quarters of which would be played in the United States and 10 games in each of Canada and Mexico", Gulati confirmed.

The bidding process will begin in earnest in June, but a final decision will not be made until the Federation Internationale de Football Association congress in May 2020.

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

Mexico, of course, has the experience of having hosted two World Cups (1970 and 1986), with both finals being held at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

It will also no doubt make the case that a joint bid allows for more resources to host the expanded tournament.

Sunil Gulati, president of the United States Soccer Federation, said the announcement is the culmination of several years of talks.

The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president has heightened political tensions with neighbours Mexico, but Gulati insisted Trump supported and actively encouraged their involvement in the bid.

Even though the CONCACAF joint bid is the frontrunner, history shows that anything can happen. The United States also played host for the 1993 and 2003 FIFA Women's World Cups.

Should the bid be successful, it would mark only the second time the World Cup has been hosted by multiple countries, following on from South Korea and Japan in 2002. "He is especially pleased that Mexico is part of this bid". The country received praise from Blatter in 2011 who stated, "Colombia is ready for a World Cup". "We are not at all concerned at some of the concerns that some people may raise", Gulati said. In addition, Canada has previously hosted the 2002 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-19 Women's World Cup and the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup, both of which drew then-record attendances.

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