As long as MLS is going to let ties stand, should they be allowed to do so after a regulation game, like everywhere else, or should teams be forced to play (and fans be forced to watch) an extra ten scoreless minutes? Some thoughts: 1. For a team in a tie that needs a win, 2nd half stoppage time is irrelevant, since ten more minutes are gonna be added anyway. 2. In other leagues, ties can actually be celebrated, particularly on the road. For a team that is trailing, it should be possible to save the day with a late goal and salvage a point for the team. Tacking on ten more minutes eliminates the glory of a late goal. Hence a tie is never an accomplishment, it is always a failure to win. (Consider Keane's late goal against Germany--did Ireland deserve that draw, or should they have been forced to defend for ten more minutes to get it?) 3. The shootout and the countdown--pathetic attempts to attract non-soccer fans by Americanizing the game--were successfully eliminated by fan pressure. These changes bring our league closer to the international standard. Ollowing regular season OT to continue simply confirms MLS' status as a Mickey Mouse league. 4. Golden goals are nice and all, but doesn't it make them even more special to only have them in the post season?