Garber on Austin (when asked if better market than San Antonio):
“You know its premature for both markets. I said in a meeting that I had this past weekend, expanding in Texas is something that’s likely to happen. If that happens, when that happens is still to be seen. We have been spending time, as our league will continue to do, to look at markets that have the right fan demographics, that have the right soccer interest, that have the right potential ownership groups, that have the right stadium plan. We will look at any market that has those, that formula cause that’s the formula that drives success in professional sports, not just in our league, but in any league. I’ll be at SXSW speaking at a panel next week. I look forward to spending some time down there. Pretty cool place. I won’t be wearing a pin stripe suit but we’ll be talking about soccer….Mayor Michael Wilt has got some plans for a downtown stadium. That’s interesting to us. Clearly can’t do this right without having the right stadium plan. Mayor Cole has shown interest there to try and see whether an MLS team make sense. We will continue to track it. San Antonio, I have been down there recently. Mayor Castro is one the great politicians of our country. demographics of his city can embrace our sport in ways that would be special. If you just look at what the Scorpions have been able to do its an incredibly impressive organization, a fantastic ownership group. I just saw that Eva Longoria promoted some sign-in with her 8 million or 7 million twitter followers that would get behind MLS in San Antonio I think they had about 8000 or so people … for a recent exhibition match … against FC Dallas … last weekend. So I think there are good things happening there but we’ll see.
Garber on Crew (when asked about Cleveland):
I’ve said a lot that we need more teams in the midwest. Many years ago we had discussions about a possible team there [Cleveland], there haven’t been any discussions of late. What I would say to folks that are living in Cincinnati, the folks living in Dayton, the folks living in Cleveland, support the Crew. Great new owner in Anthony Precourt, a fabulous dynamic that exists in that market. I would describe it as a rebirth, a newfound level of interest. Gregg Berhalter is a super cool guy who’s got a lot of experience. We think he’s going to represent this great new coaching dynamic… so if you’re living in Ohio support the Crew, great legacy MLS team.
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