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Report: U.S. 2026 World Cup bid fast-tracked for this week

US, Canadian And Mexican Soccer Federations Make Major Announcement

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Sunil Gulati, (center) president of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), Canadian CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani (left) and Mexican Football Federation President Decio De Maria sign a unified bid for the 2026 soccer world cup on April 10, 2017 in New York City. Canada, the United States and Mexico launched their bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup at a news conference atop the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan. The leaders of the three country’s soccer federations are seeking to host the first World Cup with an expanded 48-nation field. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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ESPN’s Sam Borden says the United States is expected to make the grade as the host for the 2026 World Cup.

Borden says that South America is focused on 2030, leaving only Africa -- specifically Morocco -- as a confederation weighing a bid on 2026.

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Regardless of that, the politics of the situation lean toward the United States.

From ESPN:

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 the world’s biggest sporting event back to the United States for the first time since 1994.

The vote is Thursday, and the United States would have to prove its worthiness by June 2018. If the U.S. is not approved Thursday, Borden writes, a more traditional vote will be held.

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