What They're Saying: Don Garber

“It’s going to take time before we develop players as good as the Germans. Belgium has a cultural dynamic that we don’t yet have. How do you have [a] player think about nothing else but the team when they’re 16? That culture doesn’t yet exist and it will take some time before that happens.”

-- MLS commissioner Don Garber, speaking at Syracuse University's Lectures Series, where he said teams are spending upwards of $8 million to $10 million a year in player development. (Daily Orange)
5 comments about "What They're Saying: Don Garber".
  1. Raymond Weigand, March 24, 2016 at 12:10 p.m.

    Hahaha ...$8mm to $10mm a year on player development??? 50% of the teams have a budget of less than $10mm in total ... so I guess the MLS team also counts as player development?

  2. Raymond Weigand replied, March 25, 2016 at 12:15 p.m.

    The numbers I quote are from the player union salaries which report that 80% of the players make less than $65K ... hence, the figures being quoted for "player development" are confusing.

  3. Bob Ashpole, March 25, 2016 at 9:38 a.m.

    MLS is a business. Management blaming worker culture for temporary setbacks and assuring that they have everything under control and on track for future success, what else do you expect management to say?

  4. Wooden Ships, March 25, 2016 at 10:20 a.m.

    Bob, I agree that management will spin positive and there are positives. I guess my confusion with the question asked of him has to with the necessity of having the same historical background of soccer playing countries the world over. Firstly, we can't subtract time from all these countries so we can catch up and we have other sports that have dominated the media. I wished his response would have been to illustrate the exponential growth of the game in all communities, as no other traditional sport has had in the last 60 years. And Don, I get your point about specific pockets, but soccer is mainstream through a participant definition. What's somewhat misleading, that Garber could have also addressed is the intentional under reporting of a game that the largely traditional sport media outlets, at all levels, continue to choose to show their bias and their perceived symbolism of what soccer holds for themselves. Your right Don in asking what we can point to in the mainstream media? We can't with the media, but the participation numbers show it to be main stream. Make no mistake, sociologically and politically speaking soccer is a threat to many people in this country. It's manifested in many ways, one of which is coverage. How many times have you witnessed a visceral angry contempt from non soccer people and then you'll here that soccer people are trying to cram soccer down our throats. Nobody is doing that. This is a symbolic fight, to the point that some feel its a game that is undermining the traditional fabric of the US. In short, Mr Garber we have more than enough numbers and culture to have better players that can compete with Germany and Belgium.

  5. milton stevens, March 28, 2016 at 4:52 a.m.

    Don why dont you talk about when you allowed galaxy owner to steal and destroy SJE. Now that is a topic you have real knowledge about.

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