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USA, Canada & Mexico to make joint 2026 World Cup bid

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 :  The United States, Mexico and Canada will make a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, top football officials from the three nations announced on Monday.

No nation from CONCACAF, the governing body for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, has hosted the tournament since the United States in 1994.

“The United States, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events,” said US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati.

“When our nations come together as one, as we will for 2026, there is no question the United States, Mexico and Canada will deliver an experience that will celebrate the game and serve players, supporters and partners alike.”

He said: “From a social perspective, it’s a positive. This is a symbol of what we can do to unify people.”

Gulati later added on Twitter that US President Donald Trump was supportive of the bid.

The 2018 World Cup will be in Russia while Qatar hosts the tournament in 2022.

The CONCACAF region is widely viewed as favourite to host the 2026 tournament given FIFA rules that restrict Europe and Asia from hosting again so quickly.

The bidding process is expected to begin later this year and to run until 2020.

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