South America has given its support to the joint bid between the Canada, Mexico and the US for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The bid, known as United 2026, has been officially backed by the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) and its ten member associations comprised of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
United 2026 now has 17 of the 104 votes needed to secure the hosting rights to the 2016 competition when Conmebol is counted alongside the support UNCAF in Central America.
Morocco is the only rival bid and has recently received backing from Russia, Belgium and France.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first time the tournament has an expanded 48-team format.
NMC members will be following the selection process closely, ahead of the formal announcement of the winning candidate that will be made in Moscow on June 13, before the 2018 World Cup.