Mexico, USA, Canada plan joint World Cup bid
NEW YORK (AP):
Football officials plan to announce details of the joint bid by the US, Mexico and Canada at a news conference today for the FIFA World Cup.
"Don't think for a moment that the political climate in the United States didn't impact this," former US defender Alexi Lalas, now a Fox analyst, said Sunday.
"A joint World Cup that includes Mexico probably garners additional support and sends a message."
A majority of games would likely be played in the United States.
The FIFA president and the six confederation presidents have recommended the North and Central American and Caribbean region get six berths, any host included. But the proposal said the FIFA Council would decide on a structure in the event of co-hosts.
FIFA's congress of all members decided on World Cup hosts through the 1982 tournament, but the power was then given to its ruling executive committee of about two dozen members. After the tainted vote in December 2010 that awarded the 2018 event to Russia and 2022 to Qatar, the decision was returned to the congress, now 211 members.
FIFA announced last May that the 2026 vote will take place in May 2020 and said in October that the previous two World Cup hosts Europe and Asia will not be eligible to bid.