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Klinsmann plays down spat with MLS commissioner Garber

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann says that his public disagreement with Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber is all part of a growing public debate over the sport in the country, reports BBC Sport. Klinsmann had previously said that he was disappointed that American stars Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey had moved back to MLS sides from Roma and Tottenham respectively - comments Garber found "incredibly damaging and personally infuriating".

"I never meant to put anyone down in the MLS by saying we need the highest level possible for our players no matter where they play," explained Klinsmann.

"It was just an attempt to explain that players need to always strive to the highest possible level.

"In Europe, South America and Mexico it is part of people's everyday lives - to have debates about different opinions. It's just starting now in the United States and I think it's pretty cool."

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