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MLS chief Garber: I have no time to think about global football politics

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber insists that soccer in the USA have too much to think about rather than getting involved in global politics of the sport.

The MLS chief was asked by Sporting News whether he feels the league can do anything to 'influence US Soccer or FIFA in bringing along some reform and transparency' but Garber feels that simply continuing the rapid growth of the domestic competition is far more important.

"Nothing's changed there. I really believe we've got enough on our plate," he said.

"This country has massive growth opportunities on the table and we've got to try to capture that.

"I try to spend as little time as possible thinking about global football politics because it can be a huge black hole and one that I don't have the time to really address."

And Garber was also asked about MLS becoming a league for retiring Europeans to finish their careers but he feels there is much more to it than that.

"People love to talk about branding the league in certain way," he added.

"That's what fans do and media does, and I get that. In the end, we need to manage our product on the field, which today is a mix of young players who are coming up through either college or our development programs or experienced international players who just based on business, the economics of the sport today, are going to come here in the latter part of their career."

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