U.S. Soccer’s board of directors is split on the possibility of a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup with Mexico and Canada, according to Grant Wahl.
Dear god, Sunil, DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!
FIFA president Gianni (Not Indicted Yet) Infantino has called for more countries to submit joint bids for future World Cups. (Gee, what could a totally not corrupt, fully transparent organization want with even more countries attempting to
buy bid on World Cups?)
outrigged outbid on the last two World Cups by the USSR and a Middle East slave state, Sunil Gulati and the United States Soccer Federation no doubt want to leave their mark and return the World Cup to this country for the first time since 1994. But how far are they willing to bend?
Here are four reasons why the USSF must say no to a joint bid.
1.) It’s not necessary
Multi-nation bids might sound cool, and the chance to combine cultures and incorporate broader audiences certainly isn’t a negative. But why would the United States need Canada and Mexico?
All the best travel, hotel and security infrastructure is already here. Plus, we have stadiums that are safe and make THIEFA a lot of money. That’s why we’re always the proposed fall-back if a country fails in its preparations.
Canada doesn’t have as many roads; Mexico doesn’t have particularly safe roads. Then, there are the passport hassles if you had to keep traveling over borders for games.
There’s no need for this.
2.) Too much travel
Speaking of travel, this would require far too much of it.
The USMNT traveled 5,479 air miles in Brazil (Natal to Manaus to Recife) for its opening round games in the 2014 World Cup. That’s more than a NYC to LA round trip. And that doesn’t even count travel from the team’s base camp in São Paulo, much less the two subsequent knockout round games.
2014 represented the most daunting travel schedule since 1994. That’s not surprising since Brazil and the United States are among the largest five countries on earth. However, you want to guess where Canada and Mexico rank on such a list? Numbers two and 14. No joke, three countries, all in the top 15 by area.
You’re talking about putting (nearly) an entire continent up for bid. And for what? Imagine traveling Montreal to Mexico City to Seattle. Dumb.
Time zones, temperature differences, mileage… it’s too much.
Anyone else notice how the Copa America Centenario almost died because two of the most corrupt conferences in the most corrupt sport on earth couldn’t strike a deal that they weren’t afraid would run afoul for the FBI?
Mexico isn’t exactly low on the international corruption scale. Add that to the CONCACAF baggage – even if the United States and Canada are up-and-up? Not good.
4.) Security risks
I travel to Mexico. Aside from game days, I like Mexico. But Mexico City has one of the highest rates of kidnapping in the world – and the Mexican government itself admits that as many as nine out of 10 victims may not even report the crime, possibly because police were involved! – and it’s NOT on the U.S. State Department’s warning list. In other words, a super dangerous place and it’s considered one of the safest places in the country.
Hell, even most of the tourist areas have travel warnings. U.S. officials are not allowed to drive at night in most areas, and are restricted to specific roads in some as well.
Speaking of travel warnings, read this:
Good thing none of those places sounds like anywhere a bunch of soccer fans would go…
Please, US Soccer, go this alone!