Game day is Moor than just a match
FC Dallas defender Drew Moor took the time to run down his game day for us. Last Saturday was a hectic day for Moor, as he made his first Major League Soccer start at right back during FC Dallas' 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Cotton Bowl.
It was nine years ago that Moor, a friend and their two fathers went to the first Dallas Burn home game in team history on April 14, 1996 vs. San Jose. Dallas won in a shootout 1-0 and now Drew was playing for the team he supported as a kid.
Despite the excitement of the moment, Moor played the full 90 minutes for the first time in his MLS career and impressed most of the people watching the intense match, including the 20 family and friends there to root him on.
Below is a look at his Saturday in his own words:
8:30 a.m. - Wake-up - "My alarm clock went off and I immediately turned it off. I stayed in bed for another 20 minutes just thinking about the day that was before me. I don't like thinking about the game too much beforehand so I just stayed in bed with my eyes closed but my mind was racing."
8:50 a.m. - Got up - "After about 20 minutes of lying in bed, I got up and went into my living room. I turned on SportsCenter and read the sports page. Like every morning, I had my one cup of coffee ... just one. I just need enough to get me going for the day."
10 a.m. - Breakfast - "I made eggs, bacon and oatmeal. Most of the game days I will go over to my parent's house since they live here in Dallas and my dad will make me breakfast, but this time I made my own breakfast."
10:30 a.m. - Head to parents house - "My mom and my brother were out of town so, since it was Father's Day on Sunday, I went over to hang with my dad. We watched the U.S. Open and just hung out like a of couple guys do. I don't like admitting it too much to people, but I was pulling for Tiger Woods. I always like seeing him do well."
12:30 p.m. - Car Wash - "After lounging for a couple hours, my dad and I both went to get our cars washed. I don't like just sitting around on a game day. I need to get out and just get my legs going a little bit."
1:15 p.m. - Lunch - "We returned to my dad's house and he made me lunch. I had a hamburger patty, fruit and macaroni and cheese. I find it is better for me to eat several meals throughout the day instead of one big meal four hours before the game. Food for me is like fuel for my body. If I don't eat enough during the course of the day, I will have zero energy at about halftime of the game."
1:30 p.m. - Relaxing - "For about two hours I just relaxed, had my feet up on the table and watched some more of the U.S. Open from my parents couch. I tried to do my best to stay out of the sun because it was so hot out there and would have drained me prior to the game."
3:30 p.m. - Pre-game meal - "I left my parents house and returned to my place for my pre-game meal which consists of grilled chicken and pasta with marinara sauce. I also drank a lot of water throughout the entire day because I knew it was going to be so hot for the game at 7:30 p.m."
5:15 p.m. - Head to game - "I got to the game at about 5:40 p.m. because Colin (Head Coach Colin Clarke) wanted us to be there no later then 6 p.m. Once I get to the game, I never really do anything special. I know that a lot of guys are superstitious before games, but my superstition is to not do anything superstitious. I don't know why that is, but I have tried to be superstitious before and every time it has really messed me up."
6:30 p.m. Tickets - "Because it was my first MLS start, I had a few more people at the game then usual. I had about 12 extra people at the game on Saturday. I tend to usually have about eight at the game, but for Saturday 20 of my family and friends showed up. I love that though. I love when people come to watch me, especially for a special occasion like my first start. I was definitely excited and ready to go."
7:30 p.m. - Game Time - "It was time for me to get introduced and run out as a starter for the first time. It's a lot different starting then coming in as a sub. As a sub, you have to come in and try and get right into the game despite the fact that everybody already is into the game. As a starter, I like the fact that I'm involved right from the get-go and from the first minute I know everything that has happened in the game. All in all, it was so much fun."
9:15 p.m. - Question ... - "At about 9:15 p.m. we were leading 1-0 and I was thinking in my head, 'Why can't we score our second goal?'. Also around that time it was getting towards the end of the game and I was going the full 90 minutes. It had been since college that I had played 90 minutes in a non-exhibition match and I was starting to cramp and get tired. I was just hoping for that second goal to give us a little breathing room. I'm just glad we won, even if it was 1-0."
11 p.m. - Saturday Night Live - "To celebrate the big victory, some friends of mine from high school went back to my place after the game and watched Saturday Night Live. I know it doesn't sound too exciting but I had to be back to the field at 9 a.m. the next morning for our Reserve game. It was good to hang with my high school buddies and laugh a little bit afterwards. The other reason why I couldn't do too much to celebrate was because I was absolutely 100% drained that night. I went to bed at midnight and slept like a rock."