The US looked befuddled and outclassed in a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier last night. This is the first time the US has looked so outmatched since...I can't remember. They didn't get the doors blown off like this even in their European swing last year. I guess you'd have to go back to the 2006 World Cup to see such a lame performance. San José is a tough place to play by Concacaf standards, but the US brought a good team that should have been able to compete; they just didn't have it. We're counting on a big rebound in Chicago on Saturday against Honduras.
Felipe Calderón visited Mexico's selección before their Saturday contest with El Salvador. This led to an odd conversation on ESPN's Futbol Picante about whether Calderón was sticking his beak in too much (possibly seeking political gain), and how Javier Aguirre has developed a talent for cultivating powerful friendships.
Christian Benítez is jumping from the sun-baked brown scrub of Santos Laguna to greener pastures in Birmingham City. Forwards coming from Mexico haven't had a lot of luck in Europe, but Benítez is a more explosive athlete than anyone I've ever seen here. I think he's got a good chance to hang around. Plus, he has the good karma of having bumped into me on the street two years ago. Best of luck, Christian.