What the MLS Must Do To Still Be in the US in 2020

Mark Jones@@CanesReportSenior Analyst IMay 24, 2009

What the MLS Must Do To Still Be in the US in 2020

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Increase Goal Size/Scoring

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - APRIL 26:  Luciano Emilio #11 of the D.C United celebrates a game tying goal in the 90th minute with teammate Clyde Simms #19 as Kevin Goldthwaite #2 of the New York Red Bulls reacts at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands on April 26,

Reduce Field Size (Make for Faster Play)

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    CARSON, CA - JULY 04:  A general view of an at-capacity Home Depot Center stadium during second half MLS game action between the New England Revolution and the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 4, 2008 in Carson, California. The Revolution defeated the Galaxy 2-

Shorten the Game to 60-70 Minutes

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    CARSON, CA - APRIL 11:  Referee Tim Weyland speaks to goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts #1 of the Los Angeles Galaxy during the MLS match at The Home Depot Center on April 11, 2009 in Carson, California. Chivas USA and the Galaxy played to a 0-0 draw.  (Photo b

Promote the PK Shootout - Not Boring Draws

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    COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 29:  Christian Gomez #10 of the Colorado Rapids scores on a penalty kick in the 60th minute against goalkeeper Steve Cronin #1 of the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 29, 2008 in Commerce City, Colorado.

Increase PK Calls During Game Play

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    FOXBOROUGH, MA - APRIL 4: Steve Ralston #14 of the New England Revolution celebrates after he scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick against the FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium on April 4, 2009 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Get

Intensify and Shorten Schedule

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    FRISCO, TX - MAY 16:  A general view of play between the Seattle Sounders FC and FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park on May 16, 2009 in Frisco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Nuture Soon-to-Come Youth Talent

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10:  Dave Young of Glossop North End tries to tackle Chris Fawcett of Whitley Bay during the FA Vase Final between Glossop North End and Whitley Bay at Wembley Stadium on May 10, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty I

What the MLS is Currently Doing Right

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