Sunil Gulati has stepped-down as the head of the combined United States, Mexico and Canada bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup to be replaced by three co-chairmen in a rejigged leadership structure. These will consist of new United States Soccer Federation (USSF) president Carlos Cordeiro, Mexican Football Federation head Decio de Maria and Canadian Soccer Association boss Steven Reed.
Gulati, the former USSF head, had been the sole chairman and will remain as a member of the bid committee board. The USA hosted the 1994 World Cup, which had the highest average attendance in the tournament's history. Mexico became the first nation to host the FIFA World Cup twice in 1986, having also done so in 1970.
Canada are yet to host the World Cup and have only appeared in the tournament once, making a group stage exit after three straight defeats at Mexico 1986. The host nation is set to be decided at the FIFA Congress on June 13 in Moscow on the eve of the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Morocco is the only other contender for the 2026 tournament, having announced their candidacy in June.