According to CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani, a joint bid from the United States, Mexico, and Canada will be submitted to FIFA in order to host the 2026 World Cup tournament.
Montagliani made the following statement during a meeting of the CONCACAF congress on Aruba:
“Canada, the US and Mexico are aiming for a joint bid, the idea has been around for a while, discussions are continuing and it is a very exciting proposition if it comes to fruition. We have had nothing but positive remarks about it and it is a very strong sign of what football can do to bring countries together.”
The United States hasn’t hosted a World Cup since 1994. It had hopes of hosting the 2022 tournament. However, Qatar ended up snagging the bid instead.
The controversial nature of Donald Trump’s presidency will be something to watch for. A proposed building of a wall separating the United States from Mexico could pose problematic issues when attempting to garner the bid. However, Montagliani isn’t worried.
“It behooves football and leaders of football to deal with it and rise above it.”
The United States in particular is more than equipped to host the tournament — especially since the field will be expanding from 32 to 48 teams. Additionally, the 1994 World Cup tournament set attendance records that still stand today. The potential economic dividends from a 2026 tournament would surely be welcomed by FIFA.
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