Garber Lays Out MLS' Ten-Year Plan To Join World's Elite Soccer Leagues
FIT FOR QUEENS? In N.Y., Filip Bondy notes Garber yesterday "warned the city ... that his soccer league will look elsewhere to expand if it can't cut a deal with officials for a new Flushing Meadows Corona Park stadium in a relatively short period." Garber: "If we're not successful we'll throw our hands up, and it'll be far sooner than three years we throw our hands up." He added, "Then we'd take a step back and see if there's another market." Bondy notes Orlando has been "mentioned as a possible alternative site for a 20th MLS team, though Garber sounded committed for now to Flushing Meadows" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/28). Garber said the proposed Corona Park stadium is "the biggest challenge we ever faced" (NEWSDAY, 2/28).
NORTHWEST PASSAGE: Garber said of the league battling MLS supporters over the Cascadia Cup trademark, "We didn’t go about this process right. ... We went and believed that the Cascadia Cup would be protected better if we were able to register that trademark, and we should’ve gone about it differently." He added, "We should’ve called up those folks that were the caretakers of it and had conversation and figured out how we could mutually achieve our goals." Garber: "I think the guys are making progress; they haven’t resolved anything. But I’ll say to you, and I want to say this to all the fans: I’m very confident that we will reach an agreement that will make everybody happy" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 2/27).
SURVEY SAYS...: SI.com's Grant Wahl conducted an MLS preseason player poll and asked which team had the best owner. Galaxy & Dynamo Owner AEG led with five votes, followed by Sounders Majority Owner Joe Roth with four. Red Bulls Owner Dietrich Mateschitz came in third with two votes. Wahl wrote, "The only surprise to me is not seeing Kansas City or Portland on this list." AEG is "seen as an organization that's willing to spend money and take care of its players." Revolution Owner the Kraft family was ranked as the worst in MLS with five votes, followed by Crew & FC Dallas Owner the Hunt family with four. Wahl: "Not particularly surprising, considering the Krafts and the Hunts have had this kind of reputation for a while with people who follow the league closely" (SI.com, 2/27).