Yahoo- MLS commissioner Don Garber held a remarkably entertaining teleconference with the press for the sole purpose of sniping back at U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann for his most recent criticisms of the league and its star attractions. It did not go well.
Garber was upset by comments that Klinsmann made before the U.S.'s draw with Honduras on Tuesday in which he repeated his long-held concerns about the U.S.'s top players leaving the top leagues of Europe to return to MLS.
Yawwwwn. Yeah, we get it Donny boy, you are running a business. You don't want people that are highly involved in your sport speaking out against your brand. You have the right to be upset. However, short of calling Klinsmann a jerk face or a stupid head, you can't really do all that much about it. Don Garber 'demanded' that Klinsmann stop making degrading comments about the MLS. I hate to inform you Don, but Jurgan doesn't work for you. He's a grown ass man that can say whatever he wants. He doesn't have to stop just because it offends you.
Jurgan Klinsmann is the head coach of the USA soccer team. He has one goal, and one goal only, to help make the USMNT as good as they can possibly be. He doesn't have any obligation to grow the sport of soccer in the United States. He's German for Christ sake. Other than coaching his team, he doesn't give one single fuck about this country or it's subpar soccer league.
That doesn't even take into account that what Klinsmann said is absolutely right. Try playing a sport against mediocre talent for years, and then jump directly into playing the best the world has to offer. No matter how prepared you think you are, your abilities aren't as sharp when you aren't challenged as much as you should be. I've experienced it enough in hockey to know. I completely agree with him. If I had my way I would have Dempsey and Bradley continue to play overseas as well. I need my boys sharp for the 2 weeks I watch soccer every 4 years.