US speedster DaMarcus Beasley has stated that winning the Gold Cup is of more importance to the National Team than any possible glory at the 2007 Copa America.
Despite carrying an interim tag, Bob Bradley is steaming ahead with preparations for both summer tournaments.
The US head coach was in Europe recently checking on the status of players and the initial Gold Cup roster was released to clubs last week; it is expected that Bradley will select a stronger squad for that tourney.
Any national team coach must unsurprisingly tread a fine line with his players' clubs, but according to Beasley, the former contest is the one of more importance to the 'Nats.
"I might play a couple in the Copa America as well," the Manchester City loan ace told YA. "There is better competition, of course, in the Copa America and you get more exposure - but at the same time, the Gold Cup is very important for the US because we want to get to the Confederations Cup next year."
"Plus, it is on our home soil and we want to prove to our fans that we are the best team in CONCACAF. You'll see more European players at the Gold Cup than at the Copa America."
The States' next date is a friendly with China at San Jose's Spartan Stadium on June 2nd, mere days before Gold Cup play begins against Guatemala on June 7th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.