Gulati will continue to serve on the bid committee board that includes representatives from the USA, Canada and Mexico.He had served as chairman of U.S. bid effort for the 2022 World Cup, which went to Qatar in 2010.
As we move from bid to campaign mode, appropriate for @CanadaSoccerEN, @ussoccer and @miseleccionmx Presidents to take lead. Looking forward to working with the 3 co-chairs and supporting the process. We are as unified as ever to bring 2026 FIFA World Cup to North America.— Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati) March 6, 2018
Cordeiro, the former U.S. Soccer vice president, was already a member of the
United 2026 board. He also worked on the 2022 World Cup bid campaign.
The co-chairman leadership is intended to promote the unity of the bid. It comes amid reports that anti-USA feelings around the world related to Federal indictments in the soccer corruptions probes and President Donald Trump might be a drag on the bid.
“We are determined to show that in challenging times when forces around the globe too often pull people apart," the bid committee said in a statement on its Web site, "football can remind us of the common values and ideals — humanity, friendship and mutual respect — that unite us as fellow human beings."