NEW YORK (AP) -- A final on or around the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Modern stadiums across the United States and perhaps in Mexico and Canada, too.
A North American World Cup in 2026 with 48 nations would be far larger and played in almost all different venues than the 24-team event the U.S. hosted in 1994.
Soccer officials planned to announce details of the joint bid by the U.S., Mexico and Canada at a news conference Monday atop the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. The split of games was likely to be discussed.
"Don't think for a moment that the political climate in the United States didn't impact this," former U.S. defender Alexi Lalas, now a Fox analyst, said Sunday. "A joint World Cup that includes Mexico probably garners additional support and sends a message."