He wants something else.
What does he want?
JELLO! Why would he want Jello?
Because he's comfortable with Jello! Jello makes him comfortable.
I could be Jello.
No, you can't. Creme Brulee can never be Jello, YOU could never be Jello.
I HAVE to be Jello.
You're never gonna be Jello!
Martin Rogers had two friends from England visiting him during the Champion's League Finals. Both were full-on Fullham fans, but they were neutral about Bocanegra getting let go, more or less agreed with it, really. They figured Eddie Johnson should be given a little more time. Dempsey? Dempsey, they agreed, could be useful at certain points. Keller was considered a good stop-gap. But Brian McBride they simply worshiped. "He's brilliant!" they enthused.
Apparently, a lot of other Fulham supporters thought so, too.
Which got me to thinking - McBride never really lit up MLS, though he did quite well. Other players scored more, however. The argument could be made, though, that McBride's gifts were of the sort that translated well to a career abroad, while others were more successful on the MLS level because they were a better fit there.
Could it then work the other way? Are there players who are simply "too good" for MLS? Are there creme brulee players swimming in a sea of Jello, their incisive passes unanticipated, their runs never read, their defensive weaknesses exposed?
Logan Pause was quoted recently as saying that he tries to make sure Blanco, the star of the Fire, doesn't have to do "dirty running", which I presume means the defensive grunt work to break up attacks. If Pause wasn't so willing to be the "domestique" of the team leader, would the Fire be doing so well?
Is Christian Gomez really a better player than Marcello Gallardo, or is he simply a better MLS player? Is Gomez more Jello-like, or is he just more comfortable working with Jello?
To that end, do MLS technical directors and scouts need to modify their search for players accordingly? Instead of getting the best player they can find, do they need to look instead for players with styles and temperaments that fit a scrappy, physical league with a wide variety of skill among players? Do they need to say to these players, "Look, you've had creme brulee in the past, but we're Jello. Are you comfortable with that?"
Am I stretching this metaphor too far? Well, probably. Still, it's something to think about, and it's also making me hungry. I'm having cheesecake.