I've enjoyed watching the Gold Cup and following it as much as I have. I think I enjoyed this tournament more than the 2005 one because I came into it trying to figure out what teams would be ones to watch come qualifying next year and in '09, whereas last time the tourney was right in the middle of the hexagonal.
Maybe that's why I'm a bit disappointed. I wanted to see more from some teams to make me believe that World Cup qualifying won't be a foregone conclusion for the U.S. and Mexico... not that I necessarily want to see one of those two fail to reach the World Cup. That's not my point, but it would be nice if it were more challenging than it was last time. You'd get some real drama and excitement. It was like the '01 hexagonal where Mexico rose from the ashes, the U.S. held on, Costa Rica wrapped up a spot and Honduras tanked.
Instead, it's been business as usual: U.S. and Mexico in the semis, what else is new?
I touched on this for my PE column. I argue here that the Gold Cup has set up a future where the US and Mexico are 1-2 (or 2-1, depending on how you look at it), and the rest of the field is far behind.
Now, I did mention Canada's exploits and how they are the only ones to threaten to make it more than just a two-team show.
What I didn't do is trash Gold Cup. The tournament may have its faults but it's been enjoyable and I think teams have taken it seriously and the games have reflected as much.