Don Garber had a few interesting nuggets in his address yesterday. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Yesterday's State of the League Address by MLS Commissioner Don Garber was an interesting one at the very least. From the long address to the media to the expansion talk and finally to some weird questions asked, the discussion brought up several interesting points worth noting.
If there was one main thing to take away from MLS commissioner Don Garber's 2013 State of the League address, it is that the league currently has its expansion eyes fixed on the southeast.
Speaking to reporters and fans inside the Google offices in New York City, Garber once again reaffirmed the notion on Tuesday that MLS is currently hoping to add more teams to the southeast in an effort to enlarge the league's national footprint.
"July would have been so kick assh!" It's a Major League Soccer admin BOGO! Not only were Don Garber's little elves busy listing all of the waived players prior to today's Waiver Draft but they also produced the 2014 schedule. Christmas has come early for press release junkies!
After yesterday's announcement in Orlando, the next expansion site for Major League Soccer fans to tune to was just south of Orlando in Miami as David Beckham looks to bring a club back to that market.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber told the press in Orlando that the league is already behind the Beckham-Miami bid that is picking up steam.
Following speculation that MLS is interested in expanding into the southeast United States, the league has announced plans to put a new club in "the city that hates soccer the most." Though the exact location of this new team has yet to be determined, the declaration is sure to court controversy. But the league sees it as an aggressive way to push its development and expansions in new territories.
Ever since Don Garber announced back in July that Major League Soccer would be expanding to 24 clubs by the end of the decade, I was flooded with various emails, tweets, texts, etc. about potential markets.
And after last week's news that three of the four spots are spoken for-with the likelihood of them being three Southeast clubs in Miami, Orlando and Atlanta the race for the fourth and final spot appears to be heating up with everyone throwing their names in the hat.
During a week that saw the strength of the Kansas City market for Major League Soccer, commissioner Don Garber raised the stakes for the booming league by announcing on Wednesday night that MLS will expand to 24 teams by the year 2020.
Garber laid out the ambitious plan during an interview with ESPN at halftime of the MLS All-Star Game, and revealed the league would add four more teams in the next seven years to go along with the current 19 teams, and the soon-to-arrive New York City FC.
On Monday, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber took to Twitter to answer some fans questions during a Q&A session. The first of many questions was about MLS expansion and the Soccer Don didn't hold back.
@KyleR @ChrisSchlosser We will be discussing this at our board Mtg Wednesday.
New York, NY-Major League Soccer has announced their 20th expansion club.
From Mlssoccer.com:Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today that a partnership of global sports powers, Manchester City Football Club and the New York Yankees, has acquired the League's 20th expansion club.
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As more and more television options emerge for fans of soccer, competition for viewers has been playing out all over social media and on screens across the country. There has long been a theory in American soccer (to quote Don Garber) that "a rising tide lifts all boats." Yet with networks paying ever increasing rights fees to broadcast soccer, it is inevitable that the networks will be fighting for ratings and eyeballs.
Manchester City and baseball side New York Yankees have announced they will create an MLS expansion side called New York City FC. The club will join the league in 2015, when it will become its 20th club. City's owner Sheikh Mansour will be the majority partner of the new team, with the Yankees also actively [.