In a move that will seek to unite North America; the football federations of Canada, Mexico and the United States of America today announced their intentions to run a join-bid for the 2026 World Cup.
President Donald Trump has promised to build a border wall between the US and Mexico but Sunil Gulati, president of the US Soccer Federation, said Trump is "supportive" of the bid.
Canada, who have only made one World Cup appearance when they were eliminated in the first round of the 1986 finals, has never hosted the tournament.
Gulati said the USA looked into making a solo bid - similar efforts to land the 2018 and 2022 World Cups failed - but he said he believed the proposal had a greater chance to be selected in coordination with Canada and Mexico.
A World Cup bid was revealed Monday in the United States.
He played down the possibility that politics could hamper the bid, emphasising that Trump was "especially pleased" with Mexico's involvement. "We've got 500 million people in these three countries". That leave the North American bid looking in a very strong position.
If also successful, it would be the first World Cup in the United States since 1994, where Brazil defeated Italy on penalties at the Rose Bowl and broke the World Cup average attendance record with almost 69,000 spectators per game, a mark that still stands today. Canada has never hosted the Federation Internationale de Football Association men's World Cup, but in 2015 they have hosted Women's World Cup.
With Europe hosting the event in 2018 (Russia) and Asia in 2022 (Qatar), the only opposing bids could come from Africa and South America.
If that sounds a somewhat lopsided arrangement, Gulati hinted that both Mexico - which has staged the finals twice - and Canada would ideally have liked more of the pie.
The three countries will host matches if selected as the World Cup hosts.
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. "And given what's happened in the last World Cups and some of the Olympic Games, the thought of building sports facilities that don't have a long term use is not one that's particularly inviting for anyone". "It's FIFA's decision. Every men's World Cup has been played on grass".
"Like I said earlier, there will be a (World Cup) champion, but the real winners are soccer and the region to have invited the world to enjoy this celebration".
Among the possible venues are MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (82,500 capacity); AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (80,000); Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California (68,500); Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts (66,000); and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (69,500).