United States and Mexico in talks to co-host World Cup 2026

The bid has received early backing from Gianni Infantino

The USA and Mexico are considering a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup with early backing from newly-appointed FIFA President Gianni Infantino according to ESPNFC.

United States Soccer Federation board member, John Motta said, "We have spoken to our Mexican counterparts and are very open to the idea of a joint bid.

"It could be a positive move for the game in both countries, and it's also a very exciting proposition for FIFA. We will now go away and formulate a timetable for further discussions.

"But whatever happens, we will bid for the 2026 World Cup -- either jointly or we will go it alone."

The USA hosted the tournament in 1994 with Mexico hosting it eight years earlier in 1986 and also in 1970. Motta went on to say that the size of the audience and the potential commercial deals are seen as an extra incentive for FIFA to back the joint bid. 

Mexican Football Federation president Decio de Maria told ESPN, "Mr Infantino was very enthusiastic about my idea for a joint bid and wants me to pursue this further.

"We are committed to becoming the first country to have staged a World Cup three times, and we will do all we can to make this happen, either with the United States or independently."