MLS Commissioner Don Garber shows confidence in Vancouver in New York Times interview

In an interview with the New York Times Goal Blog‘s Douglas B. McIntyre on Friday, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber makes the case for the (relatively) recently established franchises in Toronto and Seattle serving as templates for future expansion teams.

And where will these expansion franchises be? To date, Garber hasn’t been saying, at least not officially — though an announcement could be coming within days.

But in a question about MLS concerns about fan support (or lack thereof) in Miami, Garber doesn’t hesitate to indicate what cities do have his confidence.

“In this environment, to go into a new market that hadn’t really shown the same energy that we’re seeing in Vancouver and Portland, for example, wasn’t worth the risk,” said Garber in the interview.

He goes on to say that “when you have to narrow it down to two cities, you go with the ones you think will be most successful. That’s ultimately what we’re coming down to as we race to announce our next two teams.”
Besides a handful of soccer loyalists in St. Louis and Ottawa, are there any doubts now about who will be the future rival teams to Seattle Sounders FC?

With the Vancouver Whitecaps on the verge of being awarded a Major League Soccer expansion franchise, you have to wonder what will become of long-discussed plans for a soccer-specific stadium on the city’s downtown waterfront.

While a revamped B.C. Place Stadium makes good sense for the Whitecaps in the short-to-medium term, there’s no doubt the proposed soccer venue would have been a real gem for B.C. sports fans.

We can only hope the so-called Whitecaps Stadium is not dead yet.


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