April 13, 2018 / 7:28 PM / a year ago

Soccer-CONMEBOL to back US-Mexico-Canada bid for 2026 World Cup

SAO PAULO, April 13 (Reuters) - The 10 members of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said on Friday they had unanimously decided to back the US-Mexico-Canada joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

“The countries of the Americas share lots of historical ties and it is our conviction that South American football can and must contribute to the development of football in the entire American hemisphere,” Alejandro Dominguez, CONMEBOL’s president, said in a statement.

The decision was announced the day after CONMEBOL’s annual conference in Argentina.

Morocco is the only other candidate to rival the bid of the three North American nations.

A decision on the hosts for the 2026 finals will be taken by FIFA members in June, on the eve of the World Cup in Russia. (Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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