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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Hosting 2026 World Cup could bring $5 billion to North America - study

U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati is confident that North America's infrastructure will support its World Cup joint bid.

Hosting the 2026 World Cup could bring more than $5 billion in economic activity to North America, the committee hoping to win the tournament's rights says.

The United Bid Committee -- made up of the soccer federations of the U.S., Mexico and Canada -- said a study from the Boston Consulting Group found that the countries will earn $3-4 billion after factoring in the costs of hosting the tournament.

"Our assessment found that if the United Bid Committee is successful in its bid to...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

U.S.-led bid touts 'risk-averse' World Cup amid political backlash

U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati is confident that North America's infrastructure will support its World Cup joint bid.
ESPN's Sam Borden chats with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the U.S.-led 2026 World Cup bid.

The United States-led bid for the 2026 World Cup is hoping the "economic certainty" it offers global football will outweigh any concerns about negative perceptions of America's foreign policies.

The United Bid Committee is trying to bring the World Cup to the U.S., Mexico and Canada in 2026, but its leadership was pressed in London on Tuesday about the effect recent inflammatory remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump will have on FIFA voters when they select the hosts in June.

Trump reportedly used...

Sunil Gulati: Perceptions of U.S. affecting 2026 World Cup bid

U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati is confident that North America's infrastructure will support its World Cup joint bid.
ESPN's Sam Borden chats with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the U.S.-led 2026 World Cup bid.

PHILADELPHIA -- Outgoing U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati stressed that winning the hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup "will be a tough battle," and that he's concerned external political forces could adversely affect the bid.

The U.S. is engaged in a joint bid with Canada and Mexico to win the hosting rights, and Gulati will remain chairman of the United Bid Committee Board of Directors despite leaving his role with U.S. Soccer.

The joint bid is considered a heavy favorite to win...

John Herdman leaves Canada's women's team to coach the men

John Herdman is swapping the Canada women for the men.

John Herdman, who coached the Canada women's team to international prominence, was named coach of the men's national team on Monday night.

Herdman, 42, has been coach of the women's team for the past six years. In that time the team rose from No. 12 in the world to No. 5 in the latest rankings. The men's team is ranked No. 94.

The Canadian women won the bronze medal in each of the last two Olympic Games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Women's World Cup.

"It is easy to point to John's...

U.S. Soccer's Sunil Gulati confident in new World Cup bid rules

U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati is confident that North America's infrastructure will support its World Cup joint bid.

TORONTO -- Outgoing U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati says he's confident rules put in place by FIFA for 2026 World Cup bidding will be effective in making the process fairer and more transparent.

The U.S, Canada, and Mexico have submitted an "expression of interest" to FIFA to host the tournament, with Morocco the only other contender. The official bid must be submitted by March 16 and the FIFA Congress will hold a vote on June 13 to determine who will host the tournament.

Gulati was...