United States, Canada and Mexico federations to make 'historic announcement' Monday

Canada Mexico and the United States have officially announced a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

The president of the confederation in charge of soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean has said that a joint bid is expected to be finalized this year for the quadrennial event.

"It behoves football and leaders of football to deal with it and rise above it", he said. And the North American trio are looked at as the favorite to host the World Cup in nine years' time.

The U.S. national team has played friendlies against global juggernauts such as Brazil, Germany and Netherlands since the last World Cup ended in 2014.

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Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reported in March that the usa would officially announce a bid this month, likely with Mexico and the US, and that the CONCACAF region was the favourite to host the world's largest sporting event.

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani talked up the proposal as an expression of the unifying power of football.


The confederation made the final decision to go ahead with the bid at its meeting Saturday in Aruba, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the bid will not formally be announced until Monday in Manhattan.

"Once this is an official competition it is not like you will have a choice to opt-out", he said. In August, a new chief legal and compliance officer was appointed with responsibility for the new procedures, Guilherme (Bill) Carvalho, formerly the associate general counsel for Yahoo in the Americas.

"What people need to realize is that the world of friendlies is going to change", said Montagliani, "with Europe changing to the Nations League, it is going to get harder to get friendlies". "We do not have council members doling out Goal [Fifa development] projects, media rights or dealing with sponsors; there is a clear process now, and although no method is foolproof, I have a fairly high comfort level that we have an integrity process in place".

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The fallout from the two Federation Internationale de Football Association executive committee votes included the ouster of president Sepp Blatter and the criminal indictments in the US of more than 40 people.

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