Manchester United coming to Salt Lake City as a part of 2017 summer tour

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  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    March 21, 2017 10:38 a.m.

    Water Rocket, if you eliminate the offside rule you have nothing more than teams blasting the ball to their offensive end every time and everyone rushing the box. No passing or strategy at all. Soccer doesn't need more is fine the way it is. You either like the game the way it is played or you don't, but removing offside isn't an option. Even hockey has an offside rule to prevent cherry picking play all game.

    Now, I think changing to a hockey-style offside rule would be easier to enforce than the current offside rule and would make the game entertaining, but to eliminate offside will eliminate all midfield play.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2017 7:33 a.m.

    water rocket,

    I think there are plenty (try millions if not hundreds of millions) of soccer fans around the world who are plenty happy with the rules of soccer the way they are. I personally also don't really like the offsides rule either, but it is one of the things that makes soccer what it is. They don't need to change the rules to make it more like basketball. They don't even need to change them to try to appeal to more Americans. It is the most popular sport worldwide and was designed to be a defense oriented game, and the fans love it.

  • EightOhOne St. George, UT
    March 20, 2017 9:24 p.m.

    @ water rocket

    Terrible ideas!! Soccer is fine the way it is. No need to "Americanize" the way the worlds #1 sport is played

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 20, 2017 3:20 p.m.

    @water rocket

    "Of course the rule makers will not listen to the fans. That would show they actually care what fans think."

    Uh, soccer is the most popular sport in the world by a huge margin - I'm pretty sure they're listening to fans.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    March 20, 2017 1:25 p.m.

    This is just another match Salt Lake Real will lose. Two things need to happen in soccer: 1) Salt Lake Real needs a new coach, one who can motivate his team. 2) Soccer, as a sport, needs to find a way to allow more scoring. I would suggest that they eliminate the off sides rule. The off sides rule is only in place to prevent scoring, but in every other sport, getting ahead of the defense is not only allowed, but encouraged. For example, basketball has the fast break, and it is an exciting play to watch. Another rule change would be to require teams to get across the midfield line in so many seconds, and once across, they can't go back without losing the ball. Passing the ball all over the field to prevent the other team from getting it is such a boring aspect of the game. The last thing soccer needs to change is the tie matches. Go into over time, have shoot outs, or what ever you need to do to score, but a zero - zero or 1 - 1 tie is so disappointing for the fans. No fan wants to watch a team NOT score! I would love to see games won with high scores. Of course the rule makers will not listen to the fans. That would show they actually care what fans think.

  • Brad J West Jordan, UT
    March 20, 2017 12:32 p.m.

    Who are they?

  • DraperUteFan Draper, UT
    March 20, 2017 10:44 a.m.

    I hope the tickets are affordable and will be given to RSL season ticket holders first. I would love to go see this match, whoever they play!