Garber Wants EPL Owners

Garber Wants EPL Owners

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 3, 2010
  • Don Garber

Major League Soccer tried with Real Madrid, then they tried again with Barcelona. Now MLS commissioner Don Garber is hoping he can get at least one English Premier League owner to invest into the league.

“We think it would be smart for us to have an international team sitting around our board table and helping to influence the way we think and perhaps connect us even more closer with the international community,” Garber said in an interview with The Associated Press at SoccerEx.

“We tried with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, and we will continue to talk to the Spanish clubs while finding some way to see if there is an investment opportunity with any of the English clubs. We are not anywhere close to that on any level yet.”

One club sounds interested, Manchester City. Garber met Monday with City chief executive Garry Cook. No word yet on how those talks went.

I like this idea for Garber to target EPL owners here. I do wonder if he will try to put pressure on some of the Americans that already own EPL sides. He has one owner already with a EPL side (Colorado Rapids owner Stan Kroenke has a majority stake in Arsenal), so maybe he’ll have an easier time getting one of them to invest in MLS.

It won’t be easy though as a lot of clubs in England and in Europe are losing money left and right these days. Getting the right group like the Man City owners may be the right way to go here. Its still very early in the process here but I do like this step taken by the league.