I watch the mls games when I can and read various online reports. What hits me is how much freedom fans have in the states compared to here (england). What I love about the mls is groups like the timbers army it looks like families are involves, and just looks fun with no nastyness. I long for this in england but it seems we have so many idiots that it would never happen. Even though our stadiums are safe they are safe because of heavy stewarding high police presence and intelligence to stop violence. Even with the most restrictive stadium regulations around we still get voilence, the millwall west ham riots, the villa v birmingham riot....all happend despite these rules. So what would happen if they allowed our fans to drink in the stands, took away the large police presence....would the fans who deserted the game come back? Would the fans embrace their freedom or spoil it. Why do you think the MLS have managed to avoid the violence that plagues other leagues even with the freedom the fans have over there. Obviously its impossible to stop any incident ever happening but considering the relaxed rules its pretty impressive how little trouble there is, something that is praised by fellow fans in england who would love it to be like that here. Of course the past has a lot to do with the supression...violence over 4 decades had to be stopped, add the fact soccer is so popular in england they can have high ticket prices, opressive stadium rules and yet fans still turn up....not sure that would happen in the states. Just to put things in perspective. A fan was jailed...yes jailed for having a smoke canister on him at a game. And a recent friendly pre season gamne was called off because police believed violence would take place. And despite the game bein played behind closed doors, fans travelled anyway and caused trouble. This is what were up against.... I hope you know (I'm sure you do) how violence completely ruins the league for passionate fans, I'm sure you will continue to do a great job of policing yourselves and not letting idiots ruin what you have. Is england a lost cause or can it be salvaged.