What They're Saying

"He's not a former soccer player, so his perspective is not the one of a soccer person. It is, rightly so, the one of a businessman. So his point of comparison is more the NFL than the EPL. He's more concerned with the value of a franchise than with the quality of play. He doesn't necessarily see the difference between the standard game here and the standard game in a secondary league like Switzerland or Austria. ... I admire him for everything that he's doing right, but I do believe the league needs people like me to pressure all the other owners to recognize that building a nice stadium is not enough. The product on the pitch has to match the standard of the stadiums we have built."

-- New York Red Bulls general manager Jerome de Bontin on MLS Commissioner Don Garber. (SI.com)

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