MLS commissioner Don Garber excited about direction of league

On the day Major League Soccer held its annual SuperDraft, the league’s commissioner, Don Garber, sat down with Counter Attack hosts — and founding MLS players — John Harkes and Tony Meola, to talk about the dramatic growth of the league.

“We’re not sure where our peak is,” Garber told SiriusXM FC.

Recently, MLS has made major headlines by bringing back US Men’s National Team star midfielder Michael Bradley and English National Team forward Jermain Defoe. They both joined Toronto FC, a team that’s struggled the past few seasons.While addressing the league’s economic health, Garber stressed increased responsibility held by each club. The league still has to approve moves like the ones that Toronto FC made, but clubs are able to think for themselves. The goal is to “be bold, but be calculated in our boldness,” Garber said.

As for the people in charge of the clubs, the commissioner was happy to list the many players who are now running the teams they used to represent.

“Our Bill Parcells and our Bill Belichick is an ex-player,” Garber said.

You may ask yourself, “Who’s watching soccer in the states, specifically MLS?” Garber pointed out the fact that even the Champions League — the most popular annual club competition in the world — doesn’t score better ratings than the big four sports in the U.S. However, MLS, and soccer as a whole in this country, are heading in the correct direction.

“History will show the greatest accomplishment is that we’re able to grow the league against the biggest leagues in the world, and we’re making progress,” Garber said.

The next step is forming a significant television deal.

“We are paying to get on TV in all our local markets, aside from in the L.A. market,” Garber explained.

Counter Attack with John Harkes and Tony Meola airs weekdays at 5 pm ET on SiriusXM FC, channel 94.

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