The North American bid for the 2026 World Cup is not as certain as it was once believed with Morocco believed to now be beating it in terms of support from the international community.
The United States, Mexico and Canada have been preparing their bid.
One official who is in regular contact with all of the continental confederations estimated that Morocco has the support of much of Asia and South America, as well as its home continent of Africa, which would put it over the 104 votes needed. All four bid nations cannot vote while the Guatemalan federation is currently suspended.
Sunil Gulati, the former president of U.S. Soccer who is heading the North American bid, declined to discuss specifics regarding support, but he said in an interview that it would be foolish for anyone to assume anything about the outcome.
"We've never taken anything for granted in this process," Gulati said. "We understand that in a competitive election -- and that's what this is -- a lot of different things go into a decision."
The North American bid has had to counter an anti-American sentiment that stems largely from actions taken by President Donald Trump's administration, multiple sources said.
Sources said they expect the race to come down to the final days.