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 By Sam Borden

U.S.-led 2026 World Cup bid leaders seek meeting with Donald Trump

ESPN's Sam Borden chats with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati about the U.S.-led 2026 World Cup bid.
ESPN's Sam Borden provides an update from Bahrain on CONCACAF's joint World Cup bid, which appears set for a quick process.
Herculez Gomez delves into the 2026 World Cup hopes of the United States after Bruce Arena's recent comments.

MANAMA, Bahrain -- Now that the United States-led bid to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America is well established as the prohibitive favorite, bid organizers are making plans to keep on rolling.

The next big step? A trip to the White House.

With persistent questions about how President Trump's proposed border wall might affect a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the Mexican federation, as well as the need to show FIFA full government support, leaders of the bid are hoping to arrange a meeting...

 By Sam Borden

FIFA to give U.S. World Cup hosting rivals three months to make bid

Herculez Gomez lays out how the U.S. should plan for the 2026 World Cup from a player development perspective.
ESPN's Sam Borden provides an update from Bahrain on CONCACAF's joint World Cup bid, which appears set for a quick process.

MANAMA, Bahrain -- It may not have gone precisely the way the United States, Canada and Mexico wanted, but it still appears more than likely that the World Cup is coming to North America in 2026.

The high-powered FIFA Council -- the group of top executives that makes recommendations to the full 211-member FIFA Congress -- debated on Tuesday a proposal by the joint North American World Cup bid to streamline the bidding process, and rival bids will be given three more months to present alternatives...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Plans for new Canadian Premier League approved

Fans in Canada could soon have their own Canadian Premier League.

Plans for a Canadian Premier League were approved by the country's soccer leaders this weekend, with founding cities announced for Hamilton and Winnipeg.

The league was officially unveiled at the Canadian Soccer Association's annual meeting, which also saw Steve Reed elected as president.

Though only two teams were initially revealed, Canada Soccer said they have heard from 10 cities interested in joining an all-Canadian league, with aims to begin playing as early as 2018.

Canada does not have its...

 By Sam Borden

U.S.-led 2026 World Cup bid looks strong - FIFA sources

ESPN's Sam Borden provides an update from Bahrain on CONCACAF's joint World Cup bid, which appears set for a quick process.
Herculez Gomez lays out how the U.S. should plan for the 2026 World Cup from a player development perspective.
Herculez Gomez delves into the 2026 World Cup hopes of the United States after Bruce Arena's recent comments.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati explains the details of the 2026 World Cup bid launched by the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Herculez Gomez shares his thoughts on how the United States would factor into a three-nation World Cup bid.

MANAMA, Bahrain -- The United States-led bid to bring the 2026 World Cup to North America looks to be well on track for success, with multiple high-ranking football sources here indicating that this week's vote by the FIFA Congress is expected to go strongly in the bid's favor.

Barring a last-minute change -- which, with global sporting politics, can never be entirely ruled out -- support for the bid's proposal to fast-track the awarding of the World Cup rights appears broad. A victory would bring...