The Gold Cup has never been thought great of a tournament, but it was starting to improve. The region has improved enough that we were able to do away with guest teams (automatically giving it more credibility) and still have a strong field of teams. This year the Gold Cup comes right in the middle of world cup qualifying. With nothing at stake for the winner (ie no confederations cup bid) there isn't any motivation to field your top squad for this competition. I'm willing to be that all the teams in the hex will field reserve squads. A very water down tournament. The timing of this couldn't be worse. This tournament needs to only be every 4 years.