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Team USA listens to the National Anthem prior to the first half of an international friendly soccer match, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Chester, PA. The United States won 3-0. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

The US, Mexico and Canada all want to host soccer's World Cup -- together


The U.S., Mexico, and Canada all want to host the 2026 World Cup. But they're not rivals. They want to host it together.

The president of Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), Victor Montagliani, announced the long-rumored joint bid to host soccer's biggest event Thursday, The Guardian reports.

It would be the second joint hosting of a World Cup after Japan and South Korea hosted the 2002 event. 

FILE - In this May 13, 2016, file photo, newly elected CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani smiles as he receives applause from fellow delegates during the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City. Corruption will never be eradicated from soccer and officials in the English-speaking world need to adopt a humble approach rather than sounding pompous lecturing on ethics, Montagliani said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

No new joint bids have been attempted due to the political difficulties involved. But since Gianni Infantino replaced Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, he has sought more joint bids to bring more nations onto soccer's biggest stage.

It behooves football and leaders of football to deal with it and rise above it.
Victor Montagliani

Montagliani was candid about the political challenges, particularly President Trump's proposed border wall. But he said the game could transcend a border wall. 

Each country already has the infrastructure to host the entire tournament alone. A final decision on the host nation(s) is set for later this year.

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United States players warm up during a training session in Panama City, Monday, March 27, 2017. United States will face Panama for 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Despite the logistical and political challenges, CONCACAF's bid is an early favorite, The Guardian reports. The U.S. was set to host the 2022 World Cup, but Qatar won the honors instead. No North American nation has hosted since 1994.

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