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An old, but curious conversation has come out of Salt Lake City following the 2009 MLS All-Star Game and its climactic/anti-climactic (depending on who you ask, of course) penalty-kick shootout. According to the Deseret News, Real Salt Lake boss Dave Checketts "said he enjoyed the penalty-kick shootout so much in last week's MLS All-Star Game against Everton, he's appealing to commissioner Don Garber to make it a permanent part of the regular season."

As part of Checketts proposal, he "believes MLS could adopt an NHL rule by giving a bonus point for a shootout win" in order to, naturally, "make the end of matches more exciting." (Whee!) It's all enough to stop and say "Wait, haven't we been here before?" Apparently Mr. Checketts isn't aware of MLS' s early days, they of the now laughable post-regulation confrontation between charging goalkeeper and breakaway scorer, all invented to spare the fan from the dreaded tie.

Let's hope any real consideration of the idea can be chalked up to a night of Bud Lights in the Hospitality Suite, as it only takes someone like Everton manager David Moyes to remind us that "soccer is the world global game; it's far bigger than American football, it's far bigger than basketball, it's far bigger than any of the sports you have over here, so you Americans can't start changing it and tempering it. It's what we do."



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