|USMNT's Graham Zusi, at World Cup 2014|
What I think should take place in coming seasons in MLS is just an extension of what has already been taking place in past seasons from Liga MX, MLS and the most recent World Cup, water breaks at the 30th and 75th minutes. Even the Premier League instituted water breaks because of the pressures of not being considered as having 'safe' conditions to play under. It all has to do with the rising temperatures, due to global warming.
The Brazilian court ordered water breaks for the World Cup. It just makes common sense. Typically, in all games throughout the universe, without breaks, the only time players take drinks of water is when a player is down and injured on the field. How ridiculous is that and how ironic.
Water breaks have been happening in MLS since 2011. It only makes sense to carry them on from season to season without having to discuss things further. But, I'm suggesting that the water breaks happen regardless of how hot the weather gets. That's right, regardless of playing in a dome or playing in fall weather, let's have water breaks! One per half seems about right, to get things started.
And, by the way, since we're taking a break, let's allow for unlimited substitutions during this :90-second timeout. Why should it be that with an 18-man roster, fans only get to see 14 of them play. Unlimited substitutions needs to be the rule during this time, not just only one, two or three, as is the norm now.
Oh, and why not grant teams the ability to make money from sponsorships during these water breaks. Televisa suggested commercials during water breaks for Liga MX in 2011.
Look, the reality is that FIFA is loosening its vice grip on leagues and is actively looking for ways to improve its product. It is looking for fresh ideas. Permanent water breaks will give players time to refresh and provide coaches time to implement strategies to improve play and scoring opportunities.
Until the indictments of 2015, the rules of soccer had not evolved in an appropriate manner compared to the other main team sports around the world. Soccer had been stifled by the corruption and status quo of its leadership. Now, there is new transparency, and urgency to get the game caught up to where it should be with its laws/rules.
FIFA is starting to wake up to the realization that it is in the entertainment business. Can MLS do its own business for entertainment purposes?
MLS has already proven that it is willing to be a guinea pig for FIFA, when it can. MLS needs to show more initiation for progressing soccer in the best ways possible and apologize later, if necessary. Although, it's looking like apologies may not be warranted with the new FIFA.