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Posted at 6:17 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

CONCACAF doesn't have time to rig Gold Cup draw

By Jeff Maurer

Look, it's not easy being CONCACAF President Jack Warner. There's a lot to keep track of: what was promised to whom and in exchange for what and when. There's a pile of money in the corner of your office...is that incoming or outgoing? What about these tickets - have they been sold, and if so, how many times? It's not like you keep paperwork around tracking this stuff! You have to keep it all in your head: "I owe *x* to *y* because *y* helped me *z* my vote to *q* during the blatantly *f*'d *w**c* voting process."

You just finished turning the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying process into a cash cow for smaller countries (and neglecting the U.S.-Mexico rivalry in the process), and then you turn around and it's already time to fix the Gold Cup groups! Who's got time to rig THAT? You don't have time to be freezing ping-pong balls and printing up the 100 envelopes saying "Guadeloupe" that are required to stage a properly rigged draw. What if Charlieze Theron forgets to say "Mexico" regardless of what the paper in the envelope actually says? No, no, no...there's simply no time for this.

Thankfully, you're able to do this:

Hey, North America: these are your Gold Cup groups:

Group A: Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cuba
Group B: Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, Grenada
Group C: USA, Canada, Panama, Guadeloupe

By Jeff Maurer  | March 9, 2011; 6:17 AM ET
Categories:  Jeff Maurer, Soccer  | Tags:  Jeff Maurer, U.S. National soccer team  
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