Partly due to playing politics poorly, partly due to perceptions of the US politically, and partly due to alleged shady deals, the US lost out to tiny Qatar for the 2022 games. While some consider the US to be a favorite to land the 2026 games, other geopolitical factors such as a rising Chinese FA and even their neighbors to the north could complicate this calculus.
These factors are the only reasons why I can fathom the report coming from ESPN FC that US Soccer and Mexico FA officials are negotiating a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup, and FIFA is blessing these discussions.
A joint World Cup between the two countries overwhelmingly favors Mexico and is unnecessary for both FIFA and USSF to achieve their goals.
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