Sunil Gulati, US Soccer (August 2011)

Report: Mexico would team up with the USA to host 2026 World Cup tournament | SIDELINE

Mexico is interested in joining forces with the USA to co-host a bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Liga MX president Decio de María, a former high-ranking executive of the Mexican soccer federation, made the statement at Wednesday's Leaders in Football Conference in London during a discussion about the future of the World Cup and the FIFA bidding process.

“Do it with some Mexican cities there,” de María reportedly told U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati when the topic of a US bid for the 2026 World Cup came up.

Gulati was outspoken in his desire for changes to be made to the FIFA selection process of World Cup hosts after the US 2022 bid lost out to Qatar. Now a member of the FIFA Executive Committee, Gulati reiterated that the USSF would not bid for another World Cup until the process was clarified, especially with regards to a rotation policy for different regions of the world.

"Would we be interested in bidding for 2026? The procedures would need to be very different to what they are now," Gulati said, according to a Press Association report. "If the critical issue is taking it to new lands, then tell us in advance because we won't bother ... For instance, is there going to be a system of rotation, or not? This needs to be established well enough in advance so people know."

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