I was at the DC v Dallas match tonight. There was a play late in the first half where DC United had possession deep in the Dallas end out on the wing. Two Dallas players had collided shortly before and there appeared to be a head injury so the referee stopped the match appropriately. But it got me to thinking on the restart that the contested drop ball seems to have been eliminated from the game, at least at the pro level. And I am not sure why. Dallas took the uncontested drop ball and booted the ball all the way to DC's goalkeeper. So DC got possession back but instead of being 30 yards from the goal they were, it was 100 yards from the goal. I know this sportsmanship tradition thing has come up and evolved over the last many years. But if I was the team in possession so close to the goal, I'm not sure how happy I would be to not have the chance to win the ball where I was when play was stopped instead of getting the ball played all the way to my 'keeper. It seems we are on an irreversible course though.