Major League Soccer (MLS) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020, and it is safe to say that the tournament did not have a desired year.
It can be said that with the arrival of Austin, the 26th season of the league is expected to become happier, and the inauguration of the two new stadiums in Columbus and Cincinnati will also be happier.
“We built our league brick by brick. I remember my first game in Meadowlands and the first football stadium I opened in Columbus in 1998.”
Garber was generous in presenting flowers to the managers of Austin FC, whose owners include actor Matthew McConaughey.
“We have been targeting Austin for many years, and I met with the mayor for the first time ten years ago.”
“This is a rising city. It blends well with leagues that follow the same path. We are the first to build our own city here.”
The commissioner was particularly surprised by the amount of work done in difficult circumstances in the past year.
“They created a strong brand in a city without a long history of football. In the pandemic, they were able to find a good sponsor and sold more than 15,000 season tickets.”
We often think of MLS as a tour, and veterans of the European Union begin to retire early. According to Garber, this is no longer true.
“We talked about the stars we brought for many years, but now the focus is on youth. The league has never been younger than this year.”
“In addition, the club is investing heavily to develop its own academy. I believe the best is the MLS Next project. All young players from the academy will participate in the competition.”
This new mentality is prompting European clubs to take more seriously young players growing up in MLS.