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Don Garber
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2015 12 05 Retrieve

[Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber ahead of the league’s Cup final] We believe we have one of the most competitive leagues in the world. I embrace the fact that two of our smallest markets are in the MLS Cup because it validates this idea that in our world every fan should believe that their team has the chance to win the MLS Cup. It is not a league of haves and have-nots. It’s a league that if you’re smart, you get rewarded. And if you’re not smart, you get penalised. That’s something that I think is empowering to fans and, frankly, should be something that has everybody around the league feeling good about

: 2019 06 21 Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Vela are among the big names to be selected to the Major League Soccer All-Star XI ahead of their clash with Atletico Madrid. The MLS squad will face off against the Spanish giants on July 31 in Orlando, with a team selected by a combination of fan vote, Orlando City head coach James O’Connor and league commissioner Don Garber.

2019 08 07 Retrieve

[Rapinone campaigns for gender equality and equal pay all through their World Cup-winning run. It was dominated by politics, social commentary and, ultimately, controversy and criticism] We basically have created a policy that takes any decision-making off the table. Our stadiums are not environments where our fans should be expressing political views because you then are automatically opening yourself up to allowing counterviews. Then we’re getting into a situation which is unmanageable and really not why the vast, vast majority of fans go to games

2019 08 20 Retrieve

[Major League Soccer has awarded an expansion franchise to St. Louis, Missouri, the league announced on Tuesday] It is with great pride that we welcome St. Louis to Major League Soccer. St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. Our league becomes stronger today with the addition of the city’s deeply dedicated soccer fans, and the committed and innovative local ownership group led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, the Taylor family, and Jim Kavanaugh.

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[MLS awards expansion team to Sacramento Republic FC] Major League Soccer continues to grow throughout North America and we are so proud to welcome Sacramento as our newest team. For many years, soccer fans in Sacramento have passionately supported Republic FC and shown that the club deserves to be competing at the highest level

Thanks to the determined efforts and commitment of new owners Ron Burkle and Matt Alvarez along with the leadership of Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento will join MLS with a world-class soccer stadium that will transform the sport in California’s capital

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[MLS commissioner Don Garber has confirmed AC Milan are trying to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic from LA Galaxy] Zlatan is such an interesting guy. He keeps my hands full and my inbox full. He’s a thrill-a-minute and you need to have those guys that are breaking through the clutter like David Beckham did in the early days. And he is a 38-year-old guy who is now being recruited by AC Milan, one of the top clubs in the world. He has almost set records with how many goals he has scored over the last two years and he’s exciting on and off the field, right? He certainly keeps our hands full. I’d love to see him back but that’s going to be up to the LA Galaxy. I have enjoyed the Zlatan moments, particularly when he speaks to me in the third person

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[MLS stars to face best of Liga MX in new-look All-Star Game format] We are so pleased to bring the 2020 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target to Los Angeles, one of the great soccer markets in North America. As we celebrate our 25th season, we wanted to deliver an unique and unprecedented format for our annual All-Star Game. Our first ever game between the best of MLS and LIGA MX’s top players is the perfect way to build on the growing relationship between the two top soccer leagues in the region

2019 12 17 Retrieve

[Charlotte awarded 30th MLS franchise after paying record-breaking expansion fee $325 million] We are thrilled to welcome Charlotte as Major League Soccer’s 30th club. During the last two decades, Charlotte has experienced enormous energy and growth, which matches soccer’s explosive rise in popularity in the United States. We are pleased to add David Tepper to our ownership group and look forward to working with him and his entire organization to launch Major League Soccer in the Carolinas in 2021

2019 12 17b Retrieve

[Garber wouldn’t confirm the exact dollar figure, but he did reveal that the reported $300-325 million figure was accurate for Charlotte’s spot in MLS] I think it just speaks to value. Our teams are becoming more valuable. Part of that is the sport is growing and the revenues are increasing. Part of it is this idea that it has a limited supply in professional sports teams, generally. There’s a limited supply of MLS teams, and David really wanted the club. All of that goes into negotiating

We have expanded very rapidly over the last number of years. We have five teams, now six, coming in between now and 2022. That’s a lot of onboarding and a lot of capacity we need to manage, not the least of seven new soccer stadiums that are coming online. ‘For life’ is a long time. I don’t know what this league will look like in terms of size when I’m no longer commissioner in 10 or five or 20 years from now, but right now we’re focused on making sure that we properly onboard these expansion teams, get them successful in managing all of that leading up to the World Cup in 2026

[Garber does say changes need to be made to make the stadium MLS ready] All of those international games were not a secret. Many of them we promoted

2020 02 06 Retrieve

[MLS avoids player strike after new five-year CBA agreed] As we prepare to celebrate our 25th season, we are very pleased to finalize a new five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with our players. This agreement addresses key strategic priorities for the league and our players while also retaining the basic player compensation structure that has been the foundation for the growth and stability of Major League Soccer. We had constructive, positive discussions with the leadership of the MLSPA and the players’ bargaining committee during the negotiations over the last few months and I would like to thank them for their collaboration in concluding an agreement that will serve as the foundation for a new era of partnership with our players

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[The Leagues Cup will kick off with a round of 16 with matches taking place July 21 and 22] Our close collaboration with Liga MX continues to grow, and the expanded Leagues Cup will take it to a new level

When we started our partnership with Liga MX two years ago, we knew that we had the opportunity to create something unique and special for soccer fans. Leagues Cup is a perfect example of how we are working together to grow the sport in North America

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Don Garber recently stated his opposition of banning on overseas league games] Personally, as we continue to develop professional soccer, both in the United States and in other leagues, I believe home games should be played at home stadiums. That has been my view from the beginning. It shouldn’t be about one or two leagues trying to do something just because one or two clubs are pushing for it, when it is probably not even in the interests of that league

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[Coronavirus: MLS suspended for 30 days as USMNT & USWNT cancel friendlies] Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season - based on advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees. We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time

2020 03 12b Retrieve

[MLS commissioner Garber call out Cordeiro after controversial USWNT court filing] When I saw the media reports of U.S. Soccer’s recent filing, I was shocked and angry. I expressed to the president of the federation in no uncertain terms how unacceptable and offensive I found the statements in that filing to be. Those statements do not reflect my personal view, nor do they reflect the views of the Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing families. I intend to immediately address this issue with the U.S. Soccer board of directors

2020 03 24 Retrieve

[MLS commissioner Garber vows to complete coronavirus-hit season] Once we are comfortable that we can get our players with three to four weeks of training, and that we have the guidance that we can get crowds back into our stadiums, then we will then begin the relaunch of our season. Our intent is to play as many games as we possibly can

[Garber said the rearrangement of the Olympics was not surprising at all] Many of the national governing bodies have been putting pressure on the IOC to postpone the games in Japan so I’m not surprised in the slightest

It is an important statement of the power of sport - whether that’s soccer or any other sport - of all coming together to have a very very strong and powerful voice to ensure that people are staying home, that they’re staying safe, that they’re staying clean, and that they’re prioritizing the things that really matter which is social distancing and also connecting to their families and connecting to their loved ones

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[League commissioner Don Garber says the league will resume as soon as it is safe] Once we are comfortable that we can get our players with three to four weeks of training, and that we have the guidance that we can get crowds back into our stadiums, then we will then begin the relaunch of our season. Our intent is to play as many games as we possibly can

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[MLS commissioner Don Garber says that the league is considering alternative formats] We have a bunch of cool ideas. Could we go to a handful of locations and perhaps play a tournament? Could that lead into a new way of selecting the MLS champion if we’re unable to get into local markets? And then if we’re into local markets, what will those markets be and how will they roll out across the U.S. and Canada? Would it be a regular-season continuation, or maybe it could even be a part of this tournament concept? All of it requires testing and all of it requires us to be able to get our players back to training as soon as possible. The moratorium was through the end of the month, that likely will be extended pretty soon because the prohibition on people in Canada being in groups is going to continue to stay in place for some time

Players play to win trophies. Win trophies for themselves, for their team, for their community. They want to be written in the history book and it is such a driver of our entire industry. We are doing everything that we can to ensure that we can crown a champion in 2020.

That could be a tournament that we play in select markets, if we’re able to manage testing and we’re able to manage the health and safety of players and stadium personnel and obviously team personnel. It could be a form of an abridged MLS season, remember, we’re only through two games so we have some time between now and the end of the year to play games.

We’re looking at studio games, games without fans that would be produced in a way that might be really cool and fun and entertaining. It might be innovative in ways that, frankly, we would want to see going forward as we start breaking some of the formal traditions of how games have been produced.

Ultimately, sports is about fans and we want to get our fans back into cheering for their favorite players and their favorite clubs. That decision will be made by the authorities in Canada and the authorities in the United States, either at the provincial level or at the state level and we still don’t know when that time will be

2020 04 14b Retrieve

[MLS commissioner Don Garber has said that the league is currently exploring a variety of options to finish its season] From tournament formats and neutral locations, ultimately playing an abridged regular season, but doing everything to get as many games [as possible]

2020 05 08 Retrieve

[Don Garber admits that MLS was ‘pessimistic’ about return several weeks ago] We’re more optimistic about what a return to play plan could look like. I think a month ago we were very pessimistic. I think our country has done a pretty good job of flattening the curve, which is what the objective was. We need to be mindful of and focused on continuing to follow local guidelines because flattening the curve requires us all to be very focused and committed to all the guidelines local health authorities set out. So I would say we’re cautiously optimistic

I think every player and every club that has been able to get back to individual training has been very pleased. There was a lot of coverage as we were one of the first leagues to be able to do that. That’s not anything that matters much in the big swing of things, but you have to remember we only played two games of our season. We have a whole year ahead of us to try to get games in, get players back into shape, figure out what our plan will be for broader return to training and then ultimately what will the rest of 2020 look like? It is too premature to talk about that, but obviously there is a lot of planning going into what those scenarios would possibly be throughout the league

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[MLS must back up anti-racism message] I have to say that it’s not enough to produce ads. We, as a league - and I think I can also speak as a leader in the sport and I can speak on behalf of our players in our clubs - need to go further. And we’re committed to doing that. We, as a league, have, I think, been leaning into addressing issues of discrimination and equality and standing for our core values of diversity for as long as I’ve been commissioner. That doesn’t mean that we’ve gotten everything right

[While there has been plenty of growth when it comes to diversity among assistants and executives, there’s still lots of work to be done] It’s easy for people to post on social media. It’s easy to show support by pledging solidarity with the things that you say. It is much harder to marshal the power of a platform to actually effect change. And that’s what we need to start digging deep and understanding. We’ve got 800-plus players and we’ve got 26, soon to be 30 teams, in the United States and Canada, all that have lots of fans and impact. And we’ve got to figure out how to marshal all of that

2020 06 10 Retrieve

[MLS confirms tournament format as league gears up for July return in Orlando] The opportunity to have all 26 clubs in a controlled environment enables us to help protect the health of our players, coaches and staff as we return to play. We also recognize that the death of George Floyd and others has focused our country on issues of racial injustice, inequality and violence against black men and women. Together with our owners, players and staff, the League and its Clubs are deeply committed to creating meaningful and impactful programs to address these issues that have plagued our society for far too long

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[American soccer has long lived in the shadow of basketball, baseball, American football and ice hockey but it will be the only show in town on July 8. It’s not often that Major League Soccer commands attention in the American sports landscape. MLS commissioner Don Garber would have liked to have come back even sooner] It’s very important. It’s why we were in such close and at times challenging discussions with the players related to an agreement for the work rules this year, and we lost some time. We had hoped to be out way earlier than we were able to finalize with a July 8 start. We had, frankly, hoped to be able to start at the latter part of June, and we are just not able to do that. So, getting out early is important, and it’s not necessarily getting out first, because you’ve got to get it right. Getting out there and ensuring that we have the certainty to play games is crucial to the future success of the league. With no certainty as to when we are going to get back into our home markets, we knew that should we be able to manage the medical protocols, reach agreement with Disney, reach agreement with our players, that we would be able to get out and get games started in July. Without the concept of a tournament, we’d still be sitting here waiting like other leagues are to determine whether or not we’d be receiving the approvals to be able to have enough stadia open to be able to have a schedule of games, regular-season games, in home markets

[They chose the latter option, coming up with a tournament that will not only give MLS a chance to win the public relations battle but also give the league a chance to recoup some of the money lost through a lack of ticket sales] The first focus is to retain some of the revenue that we have planned for in our agreements with sponsors and broadcasters. Being able to have a tournament like this, that has will have as many as three games a day, will allow us to fulfil some of our obligations to our media partners and sponsors, both nationally and locally, and that’s important

[for one brief moment, MLS will be the center of attention in a world where the league is so used to being left on the outside] It starts by getting back. We’ll be playing games before many other leagues in this country, albeit not by as much as we had previously hoped. More importantly, though, we wanted to continue the momentum that we have and continue our relationship with our fans, who translate into viewers. So, getting back, getting back in a unique format, getting our fans engaged and getting some momentum back into the league are things that I’m sure will help MLS

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Ahead of the MLS’ return next month, the competition’s bosses have also confirmed there will be no national anthem played at games] We won’t be playing the anthem, and you hit it on the head. There’s not going to be any fans in the stands, so we didn’t see that it would be appropriate. And I feel today no different than I felt then, which is if a player is looking to express their right to kneel during the national anthem, they should have the right to do so. I would hope that they would stand, but if they opt not to, that’s their prerogative and we will support that

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Don Garber on national anthem] We won’t be playing the anthem. There’s not going to be any fans in the stands, so we didn’t see that it would be appropriate. And I feel today no different than I felt then, which is if a player is looking to express their right to kneel during the national anthem, they should have the right to do so. I would hope that they would stand, but if they opt not to, that’s their prerogative and we will support that

That statement was issued in 2017. That was not a new statement, even though I’ve done a couple of interviews this morning, and it was released or perceived as a brand-new statement. It was just a restating, literally, of what we announced in 2017 when this issue really came to light throughout the pro-sports world. And we were asked by a reporter what’s our position, and then we just reissued what we said several years ago

2020 07 09 Retrieve

[Nashville SC withdraw from MLS return after nine players get coronavirus] Due to the number of positive tests, the club has been unable to train since arriving in Orlando and would not be able to play matches. For every decision we make in our return to play, the well-being of our players, staff, officials and all participants is our top priority