(I gotta say it’s very cool spending a few minutes of Cinco de Mayo with a guy who has 129 caps for Mexico, including appearances in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.)
He was kind enough to share his thoughts on a few topics, which will show up over the next three weeks leading up to the game.
But for now, I wanted to share his thoughts on the Mexican first division and MLS — he played for Pumas, Atlante, Cruz Azul, Tigres and Puebla … and also the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chicago Fire — especially in the wake of Monterrey’s recent win over Real Salt Lake in CONCACAF Champions League.
“Salt Lake City played very well against Monterrey,” Campos said, through a translator. “It was a competitive game. Teams in the U.S. are really growing in their ability — some, not all of them. There are a couple of teams in MLS that are playing at the level of Mexican teams. Generally, I would say Mexican teams are better, but in the U.S. there are two or three teams that are arriving at that same level.
“But — going back to the Salt Lake-Monterrey game — I’ve always said in finals there really is no favorite because motivation comes into play and an MLS team in a final like the CONCACAF game would be a really dangerous team because they have nothing to lose, their motivation is really high, and they just really go for it.”