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Senators Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group in Urging Support of US-Canada-Mexico United Bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of 44 Senators in sending a letter to President Trump expressing support for the “United Bid” by the United States, Canada, and Mexico to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.


“We believe this effort presents an exceptional opportunity to showcase our nations’ shared passion for soccer and its positive impact in local communities and on the international stage,” the Senators wrote.  “Dozens of U.S. cities that we represent have already conveyed their interest in being part of the United Bid effort that will showcase America, promote tourism, and stimulate economic growth.”


“Through a united World Cup bid, we have the opportunity to promote and celebrate the positive impact soccer has had for millions of Americans,” the Senators continued.  “We welcome your support for the United Bid to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to North America, and we look forward to working with you to advance this important effort.”


The Senators’ letter will help demonstrate to FIFA’s selection committee that the United Bid has the support of elected U.S. government officials. If selected, this would be the first World Cup to be hosted in three countries, with the U.S. hosting 60 of the 80 total matches including all matches from the quarterfinals forward. 


In addition to Senators Collins and King, the letter was also signed by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John McCain (R-Ariz), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-N.M.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).


The full text of the letter is available here.