A surprising World Cup bid could pull the U.S. and Mexico closer together

5/16/2016 Fusion

4749167384_e64c120cd2_mThere’s a sporting chance that the beautiful game could help unify Mexico and the U.S. at a time when some politicians are trying to drive the two countries apart with anti-immigration rhetoric and plans to build walls.

Calls for the U.S. and Mexico to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup are not new, and joint bids have happened before. In 2002 Korea and Japan joined forces to host the global tournament, and The Netherlands recently teamed up with Belgium for a failed joint bid to host the 2018 World Cup, which will be played in Russia.

But buzz for a potential U.S.-Mexico bid has grown this month following the 66th FIFA Congress held in Mexico City, where officials from both soccer federations held meetings on the subject, according to ESPN.

“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,” John Motta, a board member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, told ESPN.

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