US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said the US was initially considering making the bid alone, but later called on Mexico and Canada to join. He said the US is planning to host 60 of the 80 World Cup games while Mexico and Canada would host 10 each.
He said the US is proud of its diversity and ready to welcome people from around the world along with Canada and Mexico. He stressed that he has full support for the bid from President Donald Trump, who is taking hard stance against Mexico on the issue of illegal immigrants.
Soccer’s governing body, FIFA, has decided to increase the number of participating teams in the event from the current 32 to 48 starting with the 2026 World Cup, and to allow countries other than those in Asia or Europe to bid to host it.
Mexico hosted in 1970 and 1986 while the US did so in 1994. The host of the 2026 World Cup is to be decided in May 2020.