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Garber Repeatedly Asked About MLS Expansion Plans During Hour-Long Q&A
Published March 5, 2014
OUTLOOK NOT SO GOOD? In San Antonio, Dan McCarney reported Garber was "full of praise" for the city as a potential expansion candidate, citing his "visit in late January to meet with" Mayor Julian Castro and NASL San Antonio Scorpions Owner Gordon Hartman at Toyota Field. However, he "stopped short of providing a full-blown endorsement, noting that San Antonio was not high on the league’s list of preferred destinations" announced last summer (MYSANANTONIO.com, 3/4). In Columbus, Adam Jardy notes Garber was asked about Cleveland getting a team, prompting him to "stump for the Crew." Garber: "What I would say to folks living in Cincinnati, the folks living in Dayton, the folks living in Cleveland: Support the Crew. ... If you’re living in Ohio, support the Crew. Great legacy MLS team." He added that the league "had discussions 'many years ago' about a possible team in Cleveland, but there haven’t been any talks of late" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 3/5).
REF LOCKOUT? In DC, Steven Goff reported MLS and its referees "edged closer to a work stoppage Tuesday after the sides failed to make progress in efforts" to reach a CBA before this weekend's matches. The sides "met for five hours Monday," but no additional meetings "are scheduled this week." Pro Soccer Referees Association lead negotiator Steve Taylor said management has "threatened a lockout." Taylor said that the Professional Referee Organization, which oversees officiating for MLS, "conducted a training camp in Dallas last weekend for potential replacement referees." The group "includes former MLS officials as well as foreign referees" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 3/4).