The United States of America, Mexico and Canada joint-bid to host the 2026 World Cup has received the backing of the CONMEBOL federation, the organisers confirmed on Friday.
Morocco are the only other nation to place a bid for that World Cup, and FIFA are expected to announce the host on June 13, 2018.
Ahead of that date, organisers United 2026 have revealed that they have been endorsed by their counterparts in South America.
"The United bid of Canada, Mexico and the United States is grateful for today's endorsement by CONMEBOL, the confederation representing the 10 South America member associations," a press release explained on Friday.
"The announcement builds on the support of UNCAF's six voting member associations that the United bid was honoured to receive in March.
"We look forward to continuing our conversations with Member Associations across the world, highlighting the operational and economic certainty of our bid with the entire FIFA family."
The CONMEBOL federation is made up of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, and has worked closely with CONCACAF in recent years in the organisation of events such as the 2016 Centenary Copa America, held in the United States.
Its endorsement is perhaps no surprise given the intention of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to host the 2030 World Cup, in honour of the centenary of the first-ever tournament held in Uruguay in 1930.
The three South American nations have started preliminary talks over their own bid, and the support of North America's federation would be a timely boost given the expected later entry of a UEFA nation in the bidding contest.
The awarding of the 2026 tournament to the United bid, moreover, would help set a welcome precedent, as to date a single World Cup finals has never been staged in more than two host countries.