Saturday Night Links: foreign policy edition

Everton 1-6 Arsenal (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Everton 1-6 Arsenal (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Something that’s been kicking around in my head, esp. when it comes to Mexico, is soccer as foreign policy initiative. Andrés Martínez wrote an interesting article examining it which is well worth a read.

Luis Bueno figures that Mexico’s two wins in a row have given it back its swagger when it comes to playing the US. While I won’t go that far, I will say that Mexico is looking much better now that Giovani dos Santos has decided to become a quality player again. I’m seeing shades of Nicolas Cage in dos Santos: he’s great when he wants to be but he rarely wants to be. I hope dos Santos starts doing crazy things with his hair.

Jozy Altidore’s move to Hull City FC has been delayed because of work permit issues. What the fudge? He’s played enough national team games so the permit should be a formality at this point. Get on with it, British Home Office!

The Premiership is back! The Premiership is back! And either Arsenal is really good or Everton is really bad. Tim Howard isn’t nearly that bad so I’m going to call this a tremendously off day.

Charlie Davies scored two goals for Sochaux. Keep it rollin’, Charlie!

Some Manchester United fans are still upset at the Glazers. Can’t we all just move on? It’s not like the Glazers have run the club into the ground.

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