How do you feel about yourself when you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror?
Confident, I hope. Great, even? Awesome. Good for you. You deserve it.
But there are levels to this game, and chances are you haven’t reached that of FC Dallas winger Alan Velasco. Which is OK! I myself have nowhere near the self-assurance to do what the 20-year-old did last night. With FC Dallas and Minnesota United’s MLS playoff affair deep into penalty kicks, the Argentinian stepped up to the spot. A conversion would move Dallas on to the quarterfinals.
Which is a truckload of pressure, even for a player who was the club’s record signing in February. I would be intimidated by this situation. Perhaps you might, too.
Alan Veslaco, on the other hand, went about this task in the most swag-tastic way possible:
I do not know how it feels to believe you can chase down Usain Bolt or wrestle a panther or stroll shirtless amongst male models. But I’d like to believe Velasco might, because that’s the level of self-assurance it takes to chip the biggest kick of his life past the keeper. Something to aspire to.