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Garber on MLS in Copa Libertadores: ‘I don’t see it happening’

 

MIAMI — Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said he has enough work to do evolving the league’s schedule without including the Copa Libertadores, South America’s prestigious club competition. 

Teams from Mexico’s Liga MX have been invited to participate in the tournament, and there have been various reports the last couple of years that MLS teams could join the competition in the near future. But when asked Thursday whether he sees that as a possibility, Garber said, “I don’t see it happening.”

“We’ve got a lot of work to do to continue to evolve our own schedule, and it gets busier and busier and more and more crowded,” Garber said during SoccerEx in Miami. “And we have been really focused on trying to think of ways in which we could have some sort of meaningful competition with Liga MX, and we’ve got a long way to go to figure out how that schedule will work.

“But our league is growing, we have more teams and in time we’ll be able to have an opportunity to play in different competitions than just our league competition and our federation’s competition and our confederation’s competition, but thinking about that being outside of our confederation, I don’t see that happening any time soon.”

 

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