Big, giant, amazing, earth-shattering news.
This afternoon atop the One World Trade Tower, the US Soccer federation alongside Canada and Mexico launched a joint bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026.
Here’s the key details:
-America will host 60 matches including the quarterfinal matches and beyond, Canada and Mexico receive 10 games apiece
-US Soccer claims Donald Trump is happy with the bid
Gulati: "POTUS is fully supportive and encouraged us to have this joint bid. He is especially pleased Mexico is part of this joint bid."— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) April 10, 2017
CONCACAF member nations the United States, Canada and Mexico today declared their intention to formally submit a unified bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The historic unified bid, which would represent the first time that three nations would jointly host a FIFA competition, was announced by U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, CONCACAF and Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani, and Federación Mexicana de Fútbol president Decio de Maria at One World Observatory in New York on the 102nd and top floor of the One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
"This is a milestone day for U.S. Soccer and for CONCACAF,” Gulati said. “We gave careful consideration to the prospect of bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and ultimately feel strongly this is the right thing for our region and for our sport. Along with our partners from the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, we are confident that we will submit an exemplary bid worthy of bringing the FIFA World Cup back to North America. The United States, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events. 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.”