The Commissioner of Major League Soccer, Don Garber, gave his annual “State of the League” address from MLS’ headquarters in New York City Tuesday.
Garber, 57, touched on many important issues across North America’s top-flight, as the leading man in MLS was joined by an expert panel which included Fox Sports’ Rob Stone, ESPN.com’s Doug McIntyre, former USMNT star and current Sirius XMFC host Tony Meola, Univision Deportes broadcaster Jorge Perez-Navarro and RDS broadcaster Patrick Leduc.
Here are some of the main talking points from Garber’s answers, which you can watch in full in the YouTube video above, as plenty of hot topics were discussed:
- Garber claimed that New York City FC had sold 20,000 season tickets, was then corrected as 11,000 sold and some strange reports about his comments regarding that have since surfaced.
- The Commissioners response to a potential work stoppage regarding the league’s next CBA: “The league can handle a stoppage, as could the players handle a stoppage.”
- Garber also claimed that the league “”isn’t performing financially the way we would like” and the players accept that.
- He also confirmed that there will be a meeting in December over the CBA talks.
- Asked about promotion and relegation Garber said “it’s not happening anytime soon” which is a lot different to “never.”
- The league “would like” to exercise its option on former Chivas USA striker Cubo Torres.
- Potential for flex schedule in the latter part of the season to arrange games specifically for TV broadcasts.
- Asked about the stadium situation in Miami with David Beckham’s franchise still without a downtown home, Garber insisted they will not move to MIA unless a soccer specific venue is built. “If we don’t get the right stadium, we’re not going to Miami.”
- Garber admitted he would like to see every single game kickoff at the same time on the final day of the season.
Is there anything else you wanted to hear from Garber? Share those queries in the comments section below, folks.