What They're Saying: Don Garber

"The good thing about being new and trying to figure it out as you go along is you have a specific plan and then there are times when you have to modify that plan. I think good business leaders and good businesses, ya know, don’t just get stuck in their previous strategies but try to evolve and see how things develop.”

-- MLS commissioner Don Garber, on Atlanta United being the exception the rule, the first expansion team since Seattle in 2009 that doesn't play or have plans to play in a soccer-specific stadium. Atlanta United drew more than 150,000 fans for three games in a week at new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Orlando Sentinel)

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7 comments about "What They're Saying: Don Garber".
  1. R2 Dad, September 18, 2017 at 11:03 a.m.

    * Except Cincinnati, which doesn't count. We're still making them build a new stadium anyway.

  2. :: SilverRey ::, September 18, 2017 at 12:58 p.m.

    Crowds are great, but Turf sucks.

  3. Wooden Ships replied, September 18, 2017 at 3:08 p.m.

    I think the modern soccer fan in the states is fine with turf. Sad.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, September 21, 2017 at 11:32 a.m.

    The typical modern soccer fan has never played on a good grass field so they don't appreciate the difference.

  5. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, September 21, 2017 at 2:12 p.m.

    That's fair enough but I'd take crowds with turf over no crowds and grass every time.

  6. R2 Dad, September 19, 2017 at 1 a.m.

    Couldn't they replant with grass instead of insisting on a whole new stadium?

  7. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, September 21, 2017 at 2:12 p.m.

    I guess the University of Cincinnati would have to agree. American football teams sometimes don't like turf because it's hard to maintain when you have a bunch of 300 pounders slamming into each other all day. Grass is ideal but I think insisting on it is counterproductive. Cincinnati has shown it has a fanbase ready to support a team at the MLS level and they should be first in line the next time MLS expands.

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