The intriguing 3-0 victory by the upstart FC Dallas over the star-studded LA Galaxy in the MLS Western Conference finals seemed to prove the old adge of the 'sum being greater than the parts'.
FC Dallas does not have one designated player, where Los Angeles and Major League Soccer has invested significant dollars into the likes of David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Donovan Ricketts.
Schellas Hyndman has taken a young side with tremendous potential and molded them into a group with tremendous continuity.
Yet this is no one-, or two-man band, and Dallas has a togetherness made clear by the joyous and raucous celebrations that took place in their locker room afterwards.
“Our team is very close,” Shea said. “We hang out with each other and that’s pretty cool. There are never any fights or clashes and no one is negative. This is the kind of night when that all pays off.”
It was also one time when L.A.’s star power might even have worked against it, with Dallas clearly traveling to California with a chip on its shoulder and a desire to upset the league’s most high-profile team.