Then it happened. The one moment I needed to see on my TV screen that revealed the game, before it even started. The pre-game camera zoomed in on Landon Donovan as he was strutting through the tunnel of the Home Depot Center walking into the locker room with his slick Saturday night outfit. Then the camera switched to David Beckham and same thing, Saturday Night Fever attire. And, it was Sunday night. But both players seemed more concerned about how pretty they looked and what Hollywood after-parties they would be attending after the game, versus what their team focus should be.
And then camera hits the FC Dallas team bus and the team starts stepping off the bus. The whole team was united in the same team sweats and tennis shoes and they all had team unity written on all over their faces.
It was clear as day in my eyes.
Now, look at the game. I know clothes that players wear to the game do not dictate the result of a match, but mind set has a huge impact. I think LA were kicked right where it counts and lost the game before it even started. Like Bruce Arena said after the match, I think they were out coached. Maybe Arena should have approached this game a bit differently versus what I call 'Hollywood Style' as they missed a great opportunity to go all the way.
Sometimes doing things the old fashioned way, and clearing the mind of all the glitz and glam and leaving your pretty clothes at home, can be the difference. Its called sacrifice.
More on MLS: Colorado will have its hands full with any more MVP performances from Hartman who had a spectacular game in goal. Dallas also had stellar midfield play from both McCarty and Ferreira who really seem to understand each other in a special way.
Toronto here we come! Dallas and Colorado get your gloves on.