Dwayne De Rosario (14) of the Toronto FC looks to pass the ball as Juninho of the Los Angeles Galaxy defends during game action June 26, 2010 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
And now, a metaphor for our tech-savvy crowd.
For years, I had faulty wireless routers. Perhaps the fault was mine; I would purchase them directly from Fisher-Price. So I had a strong cable modem, new computers, but my home network sputtered and made noises one associates with Jack Benny's car.
But last year, I bought one that works great. Files shared all over the house followed, printer printed documents without a wired connection, Roku ablaze with programming-all thanks to my new router.
That's what Dwayne De Rosario is for this Red Bulls attack.
It was apparent the moment he stepped into the game last week. His ability to find the enviable attacking options for New York will provide connections that, to put it mildly, will exceed those found by Mehdi Ballouchy.
It should make any soccer fan eagerly anticipate New York's match with Philadelphia Saturday night, which you can find at 7 PM on ESPN2. This is nothing less than the potential realization of the league's best attack ever.
Notice the word potential. Thierry Henry needs to get healthy and in-form. Juan Agudelo needs to show his meteoric rise isn't just a hot streak. Dane Richards needs to solidify his gains made in the late stages of last season. And De Rosario needs to learn how they all move while adjusting from his recent role with Toronto of primarily doing the scoring himself.
But the components are compelling. The 21st century, high speed attack is in place. Only one question remains.
Will the Red Bulls be as powerful as my router?