We, the undersigned, advocate the introduction of video replay technology as soon as possible by Major League Soccer. As a country already accustomed to video replay both in the NHL and NFL, MLS should be pioneering the way on this technology in the world of soccer. Our culture is more accepting of this technology and it is a real opportunity for MLS to put itself on the map with a positive step forward. This is not a shootout; not a backwards counting clock but a real means for MLS to embrace technology already in use in both the USA and Canada for the betterment of the sport and league. The proposal is to endore the 4th official to include duties as a "video judge". As a referee in their own right, they would provide clarification on crucial calls to assist the referee in making the right call. This is proposed to include red card, penalty and disputed goal decisions (such as if the ball has crossed the line). Properly adopted, this should not in any way affect the flow of a game, nor should it increase the expense of a game at the MLS level. It would, however, provide paying customer and fans of the league alike the benefit of a safety net on calls by refs, many of which are incorrect and adversely affect the result of the game, or indeed the championship. MLS refereeing has long been under scrutiny and has been heavily criticised. This is an opportunity for MLS HQ and the commissioner to take a proactive measure to improve the quality of officiating by providing the video replay technology. At the same time, this would provide a test market for FIFA, CONCACAF and any other governing body in a market that is both familiar and accepting of video replays in other high profile sports. Please make this happen!
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