Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber stuck up for his league and his players on Wednesday, tearing into US Soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann for his failure to align himself with the vision of soccer in the US.
That vision – to grow players in a strong, domestic league and work hand-in-hand with the United States Soccer Federation to succeed on the national level – came under fire Monday when Klinsmann criticized the decisions of Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey to return to MLS following stints in Europe.
Calling Klinsmann’s comments “frustrating as hell” and “just plain wrong,” Garber made arguably the strongest stance ever by a league commissioner against a US coach. Stopping short of saying Klinsmann should be fired – that was for US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati to decide – Garber urged Klinsmann to unite himself with the system in place.
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The presser triggered a number of interesting Tweets from the US Soccer public, with some siding with Garber while others have the back of Klinsmann. Here are some of the best: