For the MLS to truly be considered a competitive league it has had to make some changes. Getting rid of the shootout helped and making the clock run UP instead of down with extra time added on. What about promotion and relegation? All of the other top leagues have it and it makes the season more interesting. What if the worst team at the end of the season(fewest points) was sent down to the A-League, and the top A-League team was promoted to MLS level or top flite. I, as a fan, would love to see the different teams each season and how they compete. Also, I think it would make the players appreciate MLS more and make them want to stay there. We have affiliations with the A-League now for players, why not for promoting entire teams? Remember the Open Cup final where the Rochester Raging Rhinos beat the Rapids? The announcers touched on the idea of Rochester coming to MLS based upon their fan base which was very supportive. I think that MLS has to continue to evolve in order to be a successful league and this was just one idea of how to do it.