i just like good soccer.
Agree. During Euro/World Cup there's always some random poster that shows up with a plan to make increase scoring and that plan usually begins with an unquestioned premise that everyone really wants to see tons of goals regardless of how it affects the dynamics of the game.
I'd guess that most longtime fans of the game prefer to see a 0-0 match filled with slick passing link ups, desperate last ditch tackles, goal line saves, players smoothly taking down 50 yard passes in stride etc as they would a bunch of sloppy goals.
I prefer that both sides try to attack and if that results in a 4-3 shootout all the better. However, if good defense means a 0-0 result, that's a whole hell of a lot better than sloppy, mediocre teams playing a 5-4 match mainly because they have horrid defenses.