“If we continue having people like [MLS commissioner Don] Garber
involved, I don’t have a lot of faith that we’re gong to change it, in a way that makes America successful. Do
you think the guy from Austria who owns Red Bulls [Dietrich Masechitz
] or the guy from Abu Dhabi who owns NYCFC [Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
] gives a s***, excuse my language, as to
whether America succeeds in the World Cup? I do. I think that having an MLS that is similar to the NFL is not good for soccer in this country. Period. End of story."
-- New York Cosmos
owner Rocco Commisso,
who believes that MLS built on a closed-shop American major league sports model has hurt the growth of the U.S. game -- and hindered its chances of international success.