[MLS SPOTLIGHT] A year after saying MLS would be open to doing whatever was necessary to ensure that it had goal-line technology, MLS Commissioner Don Garberadmitted Thursday that it was too expensive to implement. While FIFA has decided to implement goal-line technology for the 2014 World Cup and the English Premier League will use it in 2013-14, Garber said it was too costly to implement for the 2014 season. He went on to say MLS was limited in its ability to innovate, in contrast to other American leagues.
“[The cost] had us take a step back and pause and try to figure out: Is the value of having goal-line technology worth investing millions and millions and millions of dollars for the handful of moments where it’s relevant?” he told a meeting of Associated Press sports editors. “And our view has been that we’re going to wait and see how it works out. We certainly don’t need to be the first league that has it.”
FIFA has approved four systems: GoalControl-4D, Hawk-Eye, GoalRef and Cairos. The first two use cameras, while the other two use magnetic field technology.
Garber said MLS's ability to innovate was hampered by FIFA's conservative nature.
''I'm a believer in technology, and if I were a king, we would have more technology in Major League Soccer and in our game,'' he said. ''But I'm not a king, I'm a subject, and unfortunately the league can't operate outside the confines of FIFA, or we would be a rogue league. So our ability to do unique and interesting things like the other leagues in our country can do is somewhat limited.''
MLS's vice president of competition and game operations, Nelson Rodriguez said the league remained a strong proponent of using technology in soccer where it enhances the game.
“We have met with multiple goal-line technology system manufacturers and we are carefully monitoring FIFA’s plans to implement one of them," he said in a statement to MLSSoccer.com. "As of today, the time required to purchase, receive, install and properly test the equipment precludes MLS from considering the approved system for use in our 2014 season, but we are hopeful that the system proves successful in the Confederations Cup and becomes more feasible for us in subsequent years.”