If you watch World Cup you know this hashtag as the bid put in by the US, Mexico, and Canada to host the World Cup in 2026. Which was won by the Us, Mexico, and Canada.
It stands for United North America, and is perhaps the weirdest thing ever. First off, the three countries that make up North America couldn’t be more divided right now. The US stance on immigration and trade have really screwed things up. We have put up tariffs to supposedly protect American goods against everyone, including Canada and that has lead to some economic conflicts with our neighbor to the north. And the Zero Tolerance policy on immigration is kind of terrifying and mostly affects Central American and Mexican immigrants trying to enter the US thereby straining the relationship between the US and Mexico and the talk of a border wall just makes things worse.
In other words the three countries involved in hosting the 2026 World Cup are not getting along real great. It has already been announced that Mexico will host the finals. Canada and the US will host the group play. Meaning Mexico will host 8 matches or so.
Talk about spreading out the matches. Canada and the US are huge countries. If you lopped off Russia all of Europe would fit within the borders of the US. Canada and Mexico have provinces bigger than most European countries and the US has states that are geographically bigger than most European countries. For instance, all of the UK will fit within the state of Missouri, where I live. And there is talk of my state holding some of the group play matches because Arrowhead Stadium where the KC Chiefs play American Football is also used to play Major League Soccer (KC Sporting uses the stadium) and it holds around 75,000 people. It has also undergone massive renovations in the last ten years making it a nice stadium.
However, Missouri isn’t exactly close to either Canada or Mexico. I live six and a half to seven hours away from Chicago, Illinois which is the closest major city with international recognition… Although while in Germany I did meet a waiter in an Italian restaurant that knew where Missouri was. Much like Russia, fans aren’t going to be renting cars to go from stadium to stadium, they are going to be hopping on planes.
Plus there is the added thing of in World Cup the host country gets a free pass into the tournament. How will that work with 3 host countries, two of whom, the US and Canada do not make it into World Cup consistently? With a little luck, by 2026 the three countries will be back to playing nicely in the North American Sandbox…