I finally got around to noticing where Mexico stands in the FIFA rankings since their two wins over 'Brazil' in the Gold Cup. Sitting pretty at #5 after being knocked down one notch because of a rash of Euro Cup qualifiers. Not that this has anything directly to do with the US, but I do recall a thread right after '02 finished about whether the US could be a seeded team... assuming FIFA uses the same seeding method as in '02. So, we're getting close to the end of '03. December's rankings shouldn't be drastically different than these -- the US and Mexico will get nudged down again because of more Euro qualifiers. Still, we should have most of the data now to be able to make guesses (baring Dutch-style qualifying flame-outs) as to who will be seeded in '06. I haven't done the calculations (haven't been able to track down the relevant thread yet to tell me what I need to do), but as a rough guess, it looks to me like Mexico is in very good shape. Assuming Mexico did get seeded, and we don't (with one more Gold Cup available to us, we might get a chance to go up some in the standings), are we in better shape, randomly, than we would be if Mexico were NOT seeded? I'd think it'd all come out in the wash. But I don't know statistics at all. Anyway, pointless ramblings from a semi-out-of-touch Texan.