Okay. Since Mr. Roy Lassiter rejoined our beloved team loads of abuse have been heaped upon him. Fair enough. But I was wondering (and if you see the Akwari thread you can see that I've been doing lots of wondering today, but I digress) what has changed in Roy since he was last with us? Roy then Back in the day, Roy's personal talents were that he was fast. I mean really fast. Faster than, say, ATC in the first few steps fast. Fast. His touch was not so good. Lead-like. sometimes it worked, usually it clanged. He had zero heading ability too. Zippo. Zilch. But he was way useful for United, like he was for the Mutant Bats in 96. What he would do for us was constantly flirt with the offsides line (much like his contempory Stern John and today, Big Mama) and look for holes where through passes could be supplied. Since DCU in those days had a variety of useful players who could put the ball in the net (Etch, Moreno, Harkes, Olsen, Maessner, Sanneh) the other team couldn't devote too much defensive energy towards Roy so he was able to find seams and holes with regularity and though he missed a ton of sitters, he still put away a very nice share of goals. He was a real pain in the butt to the opposition and we still haven't replaced him. Roy now First a qualifer: You know how United is trying the daring strategy of winning games without scoring? Well there's the equally daring strategy in the front offoice: trying to increase the team's visibility by showing fewer games on TV! What that means to this thread is that I haven't seen that much of Roy since we reaquired him and really, I want to get input who have seen him LIVE at RFK. End disclaimer. So as far as I can tell, Roy is still way fast. He hasn't developed his touch one bit. And he still uses the same strategy of lurking on the offsides line waiting for that good pass that springs him. As far as I can tell with the little I've seen of him is that he hasn't changed; it's the team that's changed. Roy has always been known as a forward who needs a good #10 to feed him (El Diablo, El Pibe). he probably always needed more than that: Etch had others helping him to feed Roy and as I said above United was a multifacited team on offense so the opposition couldn't focus on Roy. TB in '96 was similar: besides Valderamma they had Ralston and others in that Rongen offense. When roy went to Miami they didn't have the offense to support Roy. Then they traded him right before they developed the necessary offense. His new team, KC was also too poor offensively to use Roy properly. And needless to say, we are waaaaay to awful to use him either. So does this make sense, or is there something that I haven't picked up on in the very few minutes that I've seen Roy play? Has he in fact gotten even less skillful? Is that possible?