I remember in 2005, when the Galaxy were struggling mightily in the regular season, how many players told me their Open Cup win turned everything around.
It gave them something to be proud of, to realize what they could accomplish together. They didn't finish the regular reason that strong, but they remembered that feeling in the playoffs and it pushed their work ethic to regain that feeling and eventually led to their second MLS title.
Now, some teams don't value the Open Cup, and obviously, no teams other than the Galaxy or Chivas USA care about the SuperClasico trophy. But it still does matter.
Pete Vagenas said last night, "Thing is, it's when you take care of the little stuff that the bigger things begin to fall into place."
A lot needs to fall into place for the Galaxy to make the playoffs, but one little thing has now been checked off the list.