The Gold Cup is taking place amidst deepening strife within CONCACAF. It has become ugly.
The Caribbean Football Union is on a collision course with Chuck Blazer, the secretary general of the federation. Blazer is also the US member of FIFA. The CFU members have asked the FIFA ethics committee to investigate Blazer for making defamatory statements alleging they had each been paid $40,000 by Jack Warner or Mohammed Bim Hammam for their votes.
The letter of complaint also notes Blazer's contemptuous and denigratory language being directed to persons of a specific race. The complaint was initiated by the Jamaican Football Federation whose president Captain Horace Burrell also believes that Blazer was responsible for blocking his appointment as CONCACAF vice president.
The USA and Jamaica meet on Sunday in the Gold Cup quarter-finals.