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Don Garber: “MLS Can’t Afford’ Breaks For Major International Events”

Written by Patrick Echatah

At his yearly MLS Cup news conference today in Columbus, Commissioner Don Garber informed the media that the league “cannot afford” to close down for competitions such as the Copa América in 2024 and the FIFA Club World Cup and Concacaf Gold Cup in 2025.


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Garber stated, “That’s a message for everybody.” Our players suffer if we have to suspend the league and forfeit games. It has an effect on our partners. It affects our supporters. It affects everything the MLS must provide for each and every one of our stakeholders.

He conceded that the 2026 FIFA World Cup is “an entirely different animal” from the previous competitions.

In order to accommodate the events in 2024 and 2025, he stated that the league will need to reorganize its calendar in a “clever and creative” manner.

Garber suggested that might involve creating a format that minimizes team travel, rethinking the structure of Leagues Cup—the league’s joint competition with Liga MX that includes all 47 teams from the two leagues—or splitting the season into two distinct competitions, similar to what Liga MX does with its Apertura and Clausura tournaments.

Garber noted the cold weather in MLS’s northern markets as a barrier when asked whether the league should think about “playing in a single destination for a period of time during winter months.” However, he also wondered if the league could contemplate switching to a summer through spring calendar like European leagues.

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Meanwhile…

We are now seeing the development of Inter Miami, which will be a power in the league at the start of the next season.

Inter Miami CF’s head coach, Gerardo “Tata” Martino, has declared that the Club is once again interested in bringing in former teammate Luis Suárez during the upcoming winter transfer window.

Martino stated that the team is still interested in signing the 36-year-old Uruguayan during a press conference the day before Miami’s final MLS home game, which ended in a 2-2 draw with Charlotte FC.

(sportsbusinessjournal)

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