Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Garber on Scheduling, Donovan, MLS Cup ...
New York Times, November 19th, 2008 1:15PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Jack Bell's wide-ranging interview with Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber should be read in full, but below are some tasters on issues of scheduling, expansion, the recession and the possible transfer of Landon Donovan.

Garber on scheduling: "The issues are being addressed. We're trying to schedule away from as many international dates as we can, but it's an impossibility to schedule away from them all. And I know some fans and the media are up in arms over certain things we have no control over. Our SuperLiga has been a wild success. So along comes the Concacaf Champions League, which we have no control over. The fans scream and yell and the media looks at our teams not performing well, but what are we supposed to do? Our teams have to decide what's more important to them."

"When we added SuperLiga it was a necessary tournament to give our teams more international competition. We never anticipated the Concacaf Champions League. We still continue to struggle with the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Now we have to look at all three of those tournaments. We have to do something. Maybe changing the formula on which teams participate, how the rosters are put together for those tournaments. We're looking at all of those things. We acknowledge that there were challenges this year"

On the playoffs: "When the Giants get to the Super Bowl as a wild card or with a .500 record, it's heralded as an incredible sports story. But when the Red Bulls do it people think it's a joke. It's a great story, and we need great stories. We need our fans to believe that the playoffs matter, that you can be an underdog and have a great series against Houston, against Real Salt Lake and get into the championship game so fans stay interested during the most competitive part of the sports season in the U.S. Why is that bad?"

On Landon Donovan: "Landon is practicing with Bayern [Munich] now and we expect him back for the start of the season. He's a contracted player for the Galaxy, a candidate for MVP. We see him having value to MLS for many years. We had a 20-year-old, Jozy Altidore, who has only played in a handful of games for the national team who we sold for $10 million. It's hard to imagine that perhaps our most valuable player isn't worth at least that much, if not much more."

On MLS Cup: "MLS Cup [could be played] at the site of the team with best record remaining in the playoffs. That would be a major change to our competitive format. Years ago that might not have been something I would have supported. But today I'm not sure that's true. This would not be for next year, but it's not inconceivable."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Sporting Demands UCL Replay     
Sporting Lisbon has lodged a formal complaint with UEFA demanding a replay of its UEFA Champions ...
FIFA Rankings: USA Falls to 23rd    
Jurgen Klinsmann's USA fell six places to 23rd in FIFA's international rankings following a pair of ...
Diego Costa Released from the Hospital     
Chelsea is expected to be without striker Diego Costa when the Blues visit Manchester United at ...
Reports: Ibra Suffers Injury Setback     
Reports in Sweden claim that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could require surgery on the heel injury that has ...
FIFA Backs Clasico Pause for Messi's Record     
Lionel Messi heads into Saturday's game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu just one goal short ...
Allegri: Juve Can Still Qualify    
Massimiliano Allegri believes Juventus still has a good chance of qualifying for the Round of 16 ...
Mertesacker: Gunners Lack Confidence    
In a candid interview, Arsenal center-back Per Mertesacker admits that the Gunners are low on confidence ...
Rodgers: Why Always Balotelli?     
Once again, it was all about Mario Balotelli, as Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers fielded a barrage ...
Report: Demand Amps Up Ahead of El Clasico    
This Saturday's Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which regularly draws hundreds of millions of viewers ...
Ferguson: Moyes Didn't Inherit Declining Man United    
Alex Ferguson has updated his book My Autobiography to include a section about the short reign ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives