With due respect to Conventional Wisdom and those who feel that we--the US--need do nothing but use the Gold Cup to prepare for WC qualifying, I think that we need to start playing the tournament with the #1 "goal" of winning. If the tournament is never taken seriously by the teams, it doesn't seem likely that it will by the fans. But more importantly, we have got to get a killer instinct. We waste so many scoring opportunities, in general, in comparison to the "powers" that be. We are fairly random: sometimes we score our half-chances, most of the time we don't. We really really really need to get to the point that our first instinct is to go for the throat and bury our opposition . . . every time. If we need to prepare for WC qualifying or the WC itself, then we should try to play more friendlies--to win--in Europe and SA. It doesn't seem to me that the Gold Cup is the place to do it. Even if things are how they are now, do we really want things to be the same a decade or two down the road, i.e., a meaningless tournament which exists so that we can send a team to a slot in the Confederations Cup? Any thoughts?