In a week filled with buzz about David Beckham's final MLS game and Landon Donovan's future, Houston just proceeded with business as usual.
No one has paid much attention to their run of four MLS Cup appearances in seven years in the buildup to this final. Few people have noted that this Dynamo group - albeit with a markedly different composition - won on two of those occasions before succumbing to the Galaxy at The Home Depot Center last year. Only a handful of observers have noticed the savvy decision to fly into southern California after a quiet week of training in Houston to avoid some of the trappings of the final.
This final is all about Beckham and the Galaxy, unless you actually have to prepare for it and devise a way to cope with a Dynamo outfit that possesses all of the necessary tools to sour the anticipated coronation.
"I think everyone in the league is well aware of Houston and greatly respects them," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said on Thursday before he delved into th...