The U.S., Canada and Mexico submitted a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup on Monday.
And despite his ongoing plans to build a world between America and our neighbors to the south, President Trump has given the move his blessing, the Associated Press reported.
“We have very specifically addressed this with the president,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said regarding Trump’s opinion on teaming up with Mexico.
“He is fully supportive of the joint bid, encouraged the joint bid, and is especially pleased with the fact Mexico is participating in the joint bid.
“We don’t believe sport can solve all the issues in the world but, especially with what’s going on in the world today, we believe this is a hugely positive signal and symbol of what we can do together in unifying people, especially in our three countries,” Gulati continued.
The proposal for the first World Cup with the field expanded from 32 to 48 teams is that the U.S. hosts all the games from the quarterfinals, the AP reported. The U.S. would get 60 games while Mexico and Canada would have 10 each.
The last time the World Cup was in North America was in 1994, when the U.S. was the lone host.
The next location for the showcase soccer tournament will be Russia in 2018, followed by Qatar in 2022.