International Football

USMNT: Americans Pumped Up Before Jamaica Loss by Motivational Speaker (Video)

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterSeptember 10, 2012

Friday night was a disaster for the United States men's national team.

Fingers have been pointed, questions have been asked and teeth have been gnashed in the aftermath of the Yanks' 2-1 loss to Jamaica in World Cup qualifying.

Was the right personnel used? Did manager Jurgen Klinsmann employ the right tactics? What in the heck was Kyle Beckerman doing in the squad?

Leave those questions aside for now. Maybe we weren't asking the right one.

See, it turns out that before the match, Klinsmann's team heard from a motivational speaker named Donnie Moore. According to's YouTube page, Moore talked to the team about "setting goals and using your mind to overcome the body while achieving your goals."

Moore also used what was described as "exciting visuals" in an effort to pump up the players. And by "exciting," what's really meant was a frying pan being "rolled up like a burrito."

Also: ripping two phone books.

Yes, really.

The video appears above. It's the Set Piece video of the day. Erm, enjoy.

Now, though, the real question from the Jamaica match should be: Who thought this was a good idea?

Feats of strength? If we're doing feats of strength, we at least need to get a cameo appearance from Frank Costanza.

Afterward, Herculez Gomez gushed: "Donnie Moore was definitely something special. I've never had a talk like that, you know, where they do kinda those little, cool strength examples. But it was an experience. It was a lot of fun."

Sadly it seems Herc has never seen the Power Team perform. Can we get them an invitation to the next USMNT camp?



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