MLS Commissioner Don Garber has been at the forefront of the growth and success of Major League Soccer.
On the eve of the Major League Soccer All-Star game, Garber sits down with Michael Fensom of the Star Ledger and insists the league must pay careful attention to its growth strategy as it continues to evolve and capture the interest of soccer fans across the United States and internationally.
Q: How would you categorize the league at this point in time?
A: We are the NFL 50 years ago, we’re baseball and basketball 50 years ago. We’re still figuring out what things we need to do and how to innovate, how to evolve and how to take advantage of market change and opportunity and doing it in real-time. At some point 50 years from now, people will look back and say, ‘Hey, if it wasn’t for them building stadiums, this wouldn’t have happened; if it wasn’t for academies, this great striker now a superstar for FC Barcelona, who might be some American kid from Dallas, would not basically have come through like he had.’ So we’re very focused in trying to ensure a better future than the future we have today.