World Cup 2026 bid race: North Americans pick up South American and Central American endorsements

Conmebol, the South American confederation, endorsed the United 2026 bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico in its battle with Morocco for the 2026 World Cup hosting rights.

The 10-member Conmebol, which consists of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador Paraguay, Peru Uruguay and Venezuela, was at the heart of the corruption scandal that led to numerous indictments against South American soccer officials and businessmen in 2015.

Reports out of South America suggested that any lingering resentment against these Federal indictments was put aside as Conmebol will seek in return the support from the 35-member Concacaf in the bid by Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to host the 2030 World Cup.

Argentina's La Nacion reported that U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, Mexican soccer federation president Decio de Maria and Concacaf president Victor Montagliani from Canada attended the Conmebol Congress in Buenos Aires while the Moroccan delegation had left on Thursday.

Earlier on Friday, UNCAF, the seven-nation Central American body, endorsed United 2026. One of those seven members, the Guatemalan federation, is currently suspended by FIFA.

The announcements came the same day as the five-man FIFA task force wrapped up its tour of four North American cities. It ended with a look at MetLife Stadium, which has been proposed as a site of the 2026 World Cup final, Red Bull Arena, home to MLS's Red Bulls, and a visit to MLS's headquarters in New York.

Among those on hand to greet the inspectors was New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, owner of the NWSL's Sky Blue FC.
1 comment about "World Cup 2026 bid race: North Americans pick up South American and Central American endorsements".
  1. beautiful game, April 14, 2018 at 9:44 p.m.

    FIFA will fleece whomever it chooses.

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