I'm simply not convinced that the second-tier South American teams--Uruguay, Paraguay, and this time around, Chile--are any more talented than the US and Mexico (looking at the long term picture, you could include Ecuador and Colombia here as well). Yet they regularly outperform the top 2 CONCACAF sides at the World Cup, because they are far more battle-tested. Solution?? The US and Mexico need to seriously consider taking a page from Australia's book and joining CONMEBOL. Now I'm not saying that I'm 100% convinced this is the answer or even that it's a good move, but I do think it's something we need to at least consider. Obviously, there would need to be some concessions in place. Qualifying for the World Cup out of South America is considerably tougher than it is out of CONCACAF, obviously. CONMEBOL wants the US and Mexican TV money, and FIFA doesn't want to risk losing said money. If the parties decide that this is the way to go, I suggest an agreement between the USSF, FMF, FIFA, and CONMEBOL whereby the US and Mexico make the switch and CONMEBOL receives an additional 3.5 World Cup slots (from this year--1 from Africa, 2 from CONCACAF, .5 from Asia) for a total of 8. The US and Mexico would then be free to participate in the Copa America with their full-strength squads each time around. More importantly, they could take part in the South American qualification process. It's likely that the US and Mexico would occasionally fail to qualify, maybe every 5th tournament or so. But the rest of the time, I think you'd see both teams significantly improve their performance in the tournament. And with 8 of 12 teams qualifying, I'm of the belief that the US can consistently outperform Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, and at least one other team. Again, like I said, it's not necessarily the answer. I'm just saying it's something we should consider.