USSF’s Sunil Gulati: No ‘formal’ talks with Mexico on joint World Cup bid
United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said the U.S. has not formally discussed a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup with Mexico, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Gulati’s comments contradict an ESPN report from earlier this month, which quoted officials from both countries saying a joint bid was not only discussed, but met with support from FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
“We haven’t made a decision about the  World Cup. Until we know what the rules are of the bid process—which won’t be until October at the earliest—we’re not going to be making a decision,” Gulati told the Los Angeles Times. “And we certainly haven’t had any formal discussions with the Mexican federation at this point.”
The U.S. last hosted the World Cup in 1994, and still holds the record for most attendance despite expansion of the tournament in the following years.
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The FIFA Council announced earlier this month it would accept joint bids for the 2026 World Cup. The World Cup has not been hosted by multiple countries since 2002, when Japan and South Korea split hosting duties.
The U.S. is considered a favorite to host in 2026.