What They're Saying: Don Garber

"It’s OK to be passionate about your club, but to target two players who have been the core of the U.S. men’s national team and have done everything in their power to help grow this sport and our league, to turn on them with the vitriol that some of them did, I thought was bad sportsmanship. I spoke to a number of players in different leagues who said it was unprecedented. It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t like you because you play for our enemy.’ It’s another thing to use that as a way to disparage these great American players who have done such an enormous amount for our U.S. program."

-- MLS commissioner Don Garber, who said he was "disgusted" with how MLS fans in U.S. cities booed Toronto FC's Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore following the USA's elimination from the World Cup, and apologized them in a phone call. He said their response was, "Don’t be ridiculous. We’re big boys." (Toronto Sun)
1 comment about "What They're Saying: Don Garber".
  1. Wooden Ships, December 9, 2017 at 8:01 a.m.

    Don, you’re partly right. I would imagine some of what was-has been said and directed towards them is over the top. And, yes they have worn the US jersey for awhile, but to ignore their totality of play is disingenuous. How these two have been part of the”core”, especially since Brazil helped facilitate our not qualifying for Russia. A big, big deal Don. Their inconsistency, moodiness is something I hope to not have to witness moving forward. For us old timers and previous capped players they know what I’m speaking of. Mr. Garber you didn’t grow up steeped in soccer so save us the lesson.

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