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Campos: A couple of MLS teams at Mexican level

Former Mexican national team and MLS star Jorge Campos was in Seattle yesterday, giving interviews and making public appearances in advance of Mexico's friendly against Ecuador at 1 p.m. May 28.

(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."