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Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber addressed several MLS-related topics at the MLS SuperDraft in the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday. Two topics he was not shy about was the league's desire to continue to expand and the updates on soccer-specific stadiums.
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With a noted shift in DP policy at many MLS clubs over the past few years, commissioner Don Garber has chimed in on the league's need for younger stars.
Speaking during halftime of Wednesday's thrilling Eastern Conference final between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact, Garber praised younger, in their prime stars such as Sebastian Giovinco and Ignacio Piatti, stating that MLS needs more players like them.
The bad news just got worse for FC Dallas.
FC Dallas star Mauro Diaz is reportedly facing up to 8 months out after surgery on Wednesday for his injury picked up over the weekend. (REPORT)
Portland Timbers midfielder Ned Grabavoy announced his retirement at the end of the season. Grabavoy made 301 appearances over 13 seasons and won two MLS cups and a U.
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The New England Revolution will have their own soccer-specific stadium in five years. At least, Don Garber thinksso.
Garber recentlytold SI.com in a wide-ranging interview that he thinks the Revolution will be playing in their own stadium by 2021.
It appears former Barcelona Manager Gerardo Martino is on his way to coach in the Dirty South.
Atlanta United have begun laying the ground work to come running into MLS out of the gate, and they appear to have found the manager they believe will take them there: reports out of Argentina link former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino to the job opening.
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Don Garber sees a light at the end of the expansion tunnel, but the MLS commissioner is making sure the league approaches that light in a deliberate manner.
Speaking to reporters at Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup finale, Garber said that the league continues to focus on 28 teams but is making sure not to rush towards that number.
Could MLS be nearing the end of its expansion era? The commissioner thinks its possible.
In an interview with Forbes on Wednesday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber stated that he believed the current round of expansion to 28 teams could be the league's last.
While discussing the success of recent expansion teams such as Orlando City and New York City FC (rated 3rd and 5th most valuable in MLS) as well as Atlanta United's reported 22,000 season tickets already sold and Minnesota United FC's blazing ticket sales, Garber discussed how the growth of the league has evolved from earlier days.
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The process of expansion is an ongoing one for Don Garber and Major League Soccer, and despite some recent difficulties, the league plans go go full speed ahead towards 28 teams.
Speaking during Thursday's night's MLS All-Star Game, Garber discussed several of the league's expansion projects.
MLS joins leagues from Brazil, Germany and Australia in testing process.
Progress towards the use of a FIFA-sanctioned, real-time video review system for referees slowly continues. Major League Soccer announced Thursday that the league will be working with the International Football Association Board in the next phase of testing for the Video Assistant Referee project.
Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 5/17/16.
From the Wide World of Soccer:
MLS Commish Don Garber once again has obvious facts fall out of his mouth: this time it's that MLS clubs really need to start beating Liga MX teams in Champions League play. [Goal.com]
The Guardian's excellent weekly roundup in which they make the case that Zlatan should choose Philadelphia over LA.
Kei Kamara to Vancouver has not happened, yet.
Major League Soccer
Just because there were no interesting trades yesterday doesn't mean something couldn't happen in the next few days.
"Don Garber: Liga MX is better than MLS right now" is not the title of an article from The Onion, but rather the title of an article based on real facts from real life.
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Two U.S. Women's National Team legends and the current MLS commissioner received the highest of honors on Thursday.
Brandi Chastain, Shannon MacMillan and Don Garber were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016, U.S. Soccer announced.
The commissioner weighs on where the MLS fits in U.S. player development, and spoiler alert: he's all for it.
Don Garber has not been afraid to insert himself into the debate around US player development in the past, and continued that trend yesterday, saying that the value of a young player consistently playing in the MLS is much more than being on the bench abroad.
A week of transfer mechanisms begins today. Seattle win MLS Cup on PKs. Flurry of player moves. State of the league address highlights. More.
Let's start the weekend with some links.
Philadelphia Union News
Getting to know Kevin Kratz
Three weeks ago, the Union signed Kevin Kratz to their roster and we haven't heard much from the German midfielder since then. But after training on Wednesday afternoon, Kratz was introduced to the Philadelphia press and shared a little about himself.
US U-20 call ups for Derrick Jones and Auston Trusty and other Union bits. MLS Cup final on Saturday. Garber quotes. NASL update. Blatter feels disrespected. More.
Union bits. Big wins -- and losses -- for Union Academy at USSDA Winter Showcase. MLS roster moves. Latest on fate of NASL. Blatter ban upheld. More.
Union bits. Union Academy's McGann scores in US U-17s big win over Portugal. Toronto-Seattle MLS Cup final. Chapecoense plane reportedly ran out of fuel. More.
Highlights of Jim Curtin's comments to reporters on Wednesday and other Union news. This weekend's Union U-17's Generation adidas Cup East Regional qualifiers schedule. More.
Tranquillo Barnetta will not re-sign with the Union, will join his hometown club in Switzerland after end of season. More news.
Curtin says it is too early for Edu to return to first team play. Union ranked 14th most valuable team in MLS. More news.
Blake and Rosenberry unscathed in All Star starts. Union readying for RSL. Nor'easters host PDL semis on Saturday. LVU U-18s advance to national semis. More news.
Union news. Ocean City will host PDL semifinal on Saturday. More news.
Reaction to Union's come-from-behind draw with LAG. Reading United and West Chester United advance to second round of US Open Cup. More news.
Union off this weekend. Bethlehem on the road to Orlando. Harrisburg hosts Cincinnati. 2016 National Soccer Hall of Fame class announced. More news.
Recaps and reports from UNion's win over NYCFC. Scoreless draw in Bethlehem. Two wins and a draw for Academy sides. City Islanders drop home opener. More.
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After what has already been a successful season for new USL club FC Cincinnati, MLS commissioner Don Garber seems to be showing some interest in the city as an MLS market.
Garber will visit Cincinnati Nov. 29 to speak at a public event, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday afternoon.
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The news from an MLS announcement today provided relief for Minnesota soccer fans.
Not only will Minnesota United FC keep its name, as the league and club announced Friday evening, but the club is officially set to join MLS in the 2017 season.The three-part announcement included the confirmation that Minnesota United would join the league next season, that it would begin its season at TCF Bank Stadium and that it will not be changing its name.
Will Barnetta re-sign with the Union or rejoin his first club in Switzerland? Carroll available for game in Portland and other Union news. More.
Highlights from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference and more Union news. Renderings of downtown stadium accompany Detroit MLS expansion announcement. Pulisic! More news.
The Union hosts NYCFC (arrive early!). Bethlehem hosts Charleston. Harrisburg hosts Louisville. Pulisic! More news.
Another day, another draft. Tiago Lopes returns as City Islanders president. Garber outlines MLS expansion details. NASL saga continues. More.
Latest on Chapecoense air crash. Toronto-Montreal tonight for Eastern Conference championship. Cosmos in wait and see mode. Arena wants a playmaker. More.
Union and BSFC international call ups. Rosenberry wins Fair Play Awards. Strong weekend for Union Academy. Ivory Coast wins inaugural Unity Cup. US WC qualifiers roster announced. More.
News has been quiet on the "Equal pay for equal play" front for some time, but two U.S. Senators have made headlines with their letter to MLS commissioner Don Garber.
Patty Murray, Senator from Washington, and Dianne Feinstein, Senator from California, penned a letter to Don Garber with respect to his role as CEO of Soccer United Marketing,which owns the marketing rights for the U.
Hey, five years isn't that far away!
The New England Revolution could have a soccer-specific stadium within five years, according to MLS commissioner Don Garber.
On the same day that the Revs were beaten 4-2 by FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup Final, Garber spoke to Sports Illustrated on a variety of topics.
MLS commissioner Don Garber chooses to respond to a NY Times' opinion piece questioning the league's fan culture.
It's time to vote for Kim Little if you haven't yet. Renaming the DC/Philly rivalry. Vancouver and Portland supporters find common ground in their hatred of Seattle.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber and former USWNT stars Brandi Chastain and Shannon MacMillan have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.