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Added October 21st, 2014 by Ian

Klinsmann: “MLS isn’t good enough for national players”
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Major League Soccer (MLS) Commissioner Don Garber and Jurgen Klinsmann, the head coach of the America’s Men’s National Soccer Team, have been trading barbs back and forth in the media after Klinsmann recently criticized the league. Klinsmann, a former player and manager of the German national team, let it be known in no uncertain terms that he doesn’t really think U.S. players are developing or improving while playing in MLS.

Klinsmann mentioned Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley and wondered if these players were doing themselves any favours by leaving top European clubs to join MLS squads. The 31-year-old Dempsey previously played in the English Premier League with London-based clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, but left England last year to sign with the Seattle Sounders.

The 27-year-old Bradley had a good career going for him in Europe as he played with Heerenveen in Holland, German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach and with Chievo, and Roma of the Italian Serie A. However, Bradley also left Europe earlier this year and joined MLS club Toronto FC, who failed to make the payoffs yet again for the eighth straight year.

Garber held a press conference and responded to Klinsmann’s criticism by saying he will defend the league and its players at all time. He then more or less criticized every move the German manager has made over the past couple of seasons, including leaving Landon Donovan off of the 2014 U.S. World Cup team. Garber remarked that Klinsmann’s comments are hurting the MLS and its chances of attracting foreign players.

The commissioner added that American national team players won’t suffer by playing for MLS clubs and their form won’t drop. However, Klinsmann said he was just being honest since the North American league isn’t as good as those in Europe. Garber added that the sport in general and the league are both growing together in the U.S. and the only way they’re going to improve is if they stick together. Garber remarked that this is going to be hard to do if the MLS and national manager aren’t aligned together and it’s both personally infuriating and disappointing.

He went on to say that he’s demanding Klinsmann doesn’t make any more comments that are damaging to the MLS and are critical of its players since it’s inexcusable and unacceptable. Some members of the press feel that it wasn’t a good idea to call a press conference to argue with the national team’s manager while others felt he was just trying to promote MLS. Either way, Garber didn’t hold anything back during the media scrum and really let Klinsmann have it.

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