Braun's Pregame Ritual

The young striker has established a routine, and so far it seems to be working

Justin Braun July 31 vs. Crew DL

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Juan Miranda/Chivas USA

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it? Or let it slip?

As he sits in the locker room before a game, forward Justin Braun blasts the preceding lyrics from rapper Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” through his headphones.

“The lyrics inspire me to go out and play my best,” Braun said.

This season, Braun has not let many opportunities “slip.” Braun has started 13 games, scoring seven goals and assisting three more.

Braun claims not to be very superstitious, but he has the same drink before every match, and it is not what you might expect.

“I have a cup of coffee before every game,” Braun said.

Most importantly to Braun, he takes time to thank God before every match.

“During the national anthem, I like to pray and give thanks to God,” Braun said. “It is about Him because without Him, I would not be here.”

Braun is traveling with the team to Toronto today to take on the Reds Saturday at BMO Field. You can watch the game on Telefutura and Prime Ticket, or listen on W Radio 690AM. Chivas USA's official Twitter feed will also be active during the match, so make sure to follow  here.