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U.S, Mexico, Canada Unveil Plan to Bid Jointly for the 2026 World Cup.

If the bid is successful it would mark the first time three countries played host to the event.

By Matthew Futterman, The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2017.

Leaders of the soccer federations of the U.S, Mexico and Canada unveiled their plan to bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup Monday.

Under an agreement reached by the three organizations, the U.S. would play host to 60 of the 80 matches, including all quarterfinal, semifinal and final matches. If the bid is successful it would mark the first time three countries played host to the event.

Sunil Gulati, the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, said bidding with Canada and Mexico made the bid stronger than if the U.S. tried to bid alone, in part because of the variety of modern stadiums available and because of the statement it makes about the divisiveness in the world today. While acknowledging that sports cannot solve the world’s problems, “From a social perspective, this is a positive,” Gulati said.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, has said he will support the bid.

Victor Montagliani, the leader of Canada’s soccer federation and of Concacaf, the soccer confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean, said he supported having each country qualify automatically for the tournament, even though there were three hosts. That would be decided at a later date by FIFA if they were to win the bid.

The U.S. has qualified for every World Cup since 1990, and Mexico has qualified for each tournament since 1994. Canada has not qualified since 1986. FIFA officials have said they plan to select the host of the 2026 tournament in 2020.
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U.S, Mexico, Canada Unveil Plan to Bid Jointly for the 2026 World Cup.

If the bid is successful it would mark the first time three countries played host to the event.

By Matthew Futterman, The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2017.

Leaders of the soccer federations of the U.S, Mexico and Canada unveiled their plan to bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup Monday.

Under an agreement reached by the three organizations, the U.S. would play host to 60 of the 80 matches, including all quarterfinal, semifinal and final matches. If the bid is successful it would mark the first time three countries played host to the event.

Sunil Gulati, the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, said bidding with Canada and Mexico made the bid stronger than if the U.S. tried to bid alone, in part because of the variety of modern stadiums available and because of the statement it makes about the divisiveness in the world today. While acknowledging that sports cannot solve the world’s problems, “From a social perspective, this is a positive,” Gulati said.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, has said he will support the bid.

Victor Montagliani, the leader of Canada’s soccer federation and of Concacaf, the soccer confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean, said he supported having each country qualify automatically for the tournament, even though there were three hosts. That would be decided at a later date by FIFA if they were to win the bid.

The U.S. has qualified for every World Cup since 1990, and Mexico has qualified for each tournament since 1994. Canada has not qualified since 1986. FIFA officials have said they plan to select the host of the 2026 tournament in 2020.