"Marry/F**k/Kill" is a game of the Internet age, and the rules are simple: name a group of three people ("Iron Man and Thor and Captain America," "Blanche, Rose or Dorothy"), and ask the crowd to choose one fate for each of them - one to partner with for good, one explored for a connection but not kept, and one cast off into the outer darkness. Fans of the dearly-departed sitcom 30 Rock will recognize this game in its safe-for-primetime version, Marry/Boff/Kill, which name we're borrowing because this is SB Nation, and there's, like, kids in here, maaaaaaan.
Here at Hot Time, we're going to use the game to talk about players - specifically Chicago Fire players. We're going to use it as a way to talk about the roster, player by player, in terms of their performance, contract details*, and potential going forward. And we'll do it all with an eye toward 2016 and beyond.
It works like this:
- ‘Marry' indicates a desire to keep the player at their current number or sometimes a bit more;
- ‘Boff' (i.e., ‘F**k) means that we're, uhh, f**king the player over, asking for modifications to their contract or running them through the Re-Entry Draft process - we're interested, but not on these terms; and
- ‘Kill' means we're not even interesting in hooking up - a 'nope.' If under contract for 2016, we'd prefer terminating the player's contact with CF97.
We started the series on a high note with the Supporters' Player of the Year, David Accam. Next up in alphabetical order: second-round draft pick Kingsley Bryce.
2015 (and MLS career) stats: No appearances.
Stats on loan to USL side Saint Louis FC: 10 appearances, 8 starts, 671 minutes; 2 goals, 1 assist.
22-year-old winger, $50,000.
The Case for 'Marry:' The judgement on Bryce comes down to why he only played 671 minutes of football this year - was he yo-yo'd back and forth from St Louis and Chicago, always just outside the XI in Missouri and the 18 of the Fire? Was he looking great, then got hurt? Either would constitute reason to keep him around.
The Case for 'Boff:' Under the new CBA, there's no MLS contract amount cheaper than Kingsley's $50k. Sorry, boffing Kingsley is not, per the rules of this game, a real possibility.
The Case for 'Kill:' Or is this just not working out? Lots of talented people cannot play at the highest level. Maybe Kingsley would be better off trying to make an NASL roster? Or digging in with a USL side?
Have your say, Fire family: Kingsley Bryce: Marry? Boff? or Kill?
*Please note that we are taking the MLSPA salary information at face value in this exercise. It's common knowledge that the information isn't 100 percent correct, yes. If someone from the front office would like to provide us with superior data, we would be deeply appreciative.