In an unprecedented investment, Qatar is projected to spend more than $200 billion for the 2022 World Cup. When will we know if the CONCACAF region will get the World Cup? And while Trump would not be in office in 2026, he may well be in charge still when the vote takes place in May 2020. Brazil spent more than $11 billion to host the event in 2014, and Russian Federation is on pace to spend about $20 billion for 2018.
As per the Federation Internationale de Football Association rules, all bids must be submitted to Federation Internationale de Football Association by December 2018.
On the other side, there is the lack of a normal bidding process, which for an organization more known for bending the rules and questionable decisions, doesn't help its image though this would technically be legal.
The event hasn't been hosted in the region since the USA put on the 1994 tournament, making it 32 years by the time 2026 comes around. Previously, the voting power was wielded by an executive ruling committee of around two dozen countries.
The biggest games would all belong to the United States. Just months removed from the issuing of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on those seeking to enter the United States from predominantly Muslim countries, Trump has continued to be involved in a longstanding feud over funding the construction of a wall at the U.S. -Mexico border.
The three-country host format also raises the question of who will automatically qualify.
"What I can tell you is we have very specifically addressed this with the president, he is fully supportive of the joint bid, encouraged the joint bid and especially pleased with the fact that Mexico is participating in this joint bid with us". Other countries have this year and part of next year to submit their bids. "We have a strong encouragement from President Trump".
"This is a milestone day for U.S. Soccer and for CONCACAF", Gulati said in a release from U.S. Soccer on Monday.
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.
On that occasion, both nations were granted qualification to the tournament as hosts, as is tradition. Canada hosted the 2015 women's World Cup. According to Sports Illustrated, the USA joined with its neighbors due to FIFA's concerns that President Trump's immigration restrictions could create problems for traveling players and fans.
Monday's announcement confirmed what has always been regarded as an open secret amongst FIFA-watchers: that a bid from the North America region for 2026 was inevitable.