Garber Ready For MLS Games In Home Markets With Fans If Possible
MLS Commissioner Don Garber indicated that the league will soon announce its post-bubble schedule, and while MLS will “not play with fans in most of our markets,” it will be “playing with fans where we can.” Garber appeared on FS1 last night during halftime of the Timbers-Union semifinal match of the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, and he said, “We learned a lot in the bubble. We learned about testing, we learned about the incredible commitment of our players wearing masks and socially distancing and taking real responsibility for keeping themselves safe. That really will give us the sense of what we need to do to finish the season, have playoffs and have an MLS Cup before the end of the year.” Garber said the bubble tournament could become a regular event, suggesting it might be “something we could recreate in the early part of the year.” However, he admitted there has been “no planning for that whatsoever” at this point. Garber: “The focus is in our markets, in front of our fans when we can, getting our players home and getting back to some sense of a new normal once we’re able to achieve a regular cadence of games” (“Timbers-Union,” FS1, 8/5).