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Garber Sets Beckham Deadline

MLS Commissioner Don Garber is getting fed up with the David Beckham issue and whether the English superstar will remain with the Galaxy or move permanently to AC Milan. In an exclusive interview with the Insider, he set a Friday deadline to finalize a deal. Beckham, who has played two seasons with Los Angeles, is currently on loan to the Italian power.

"By Friday, he is either coming back or he is transferred," Garber said. "If it is not resolved by Friday, I will not approve the transfer. This has been going on too long. I understand Milan needs to come to some conclusion on their own and I understand from David's comments that he would like to find a way to stay. The only way that happens is if Milan makes an offer to buy him out of his contract that makes sense for MLS and makes sense for the Galaxy. We've got tickets to sell, games to schedule, sponsors have programs, we have promotions being planned with ESPN and many of our commercial partners, and this just can't continue to drag on. There is no reason for it to drag on. It's either going to happen or it's not going to happen."

Does he think it is going to happen?

"I really don't know the answer to that, but one way or the other, it needs to get resolved."

Has Bayern Munich approached MLS about purchasing Landon Donovan, who is on loan from the Galaxy?

"No."

What do you think: Good move by The Commish to put an end to the Beckham circus?

By Steve Goff  |  February 11, 2009; 12:19 PM ET
Categories:  Beckham , MLS  
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Hmm - until now, Milan looked like the ones more desperate in the negotiations. I see where the commish is coming from, but they might have talked themselves out of some money here.

Still, I like that he's looking out for the integrity of the scheduling, sponsor agreements, tv...

Posted by: Kev29 | February 11, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely. Let's stop this. Enough is enough. After all, we need to focus on whether Donovan is leaving the Galaxy, don't we?

Posted by: Beckster1 | February 11, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I def. think this is the right move. He is basically putting all the D**king around to rest, and is saying if by friday if they dont pay up what he is asknig or around there, then Beck's is coming back and playing out his contract. AC is taking too long, and i am sure like garber said, they have deadlines and PR requirements to fulfill, to schedule Beckham events, plan for big promotion around him playing at stadiums, etc. They need to know, and if they dont then its just hurting MLS's money, in that they might waste money if they start preparing for beck's staying and then he leaves.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | February 11, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Also Goff,

What was the real outcome of Gallardo leaving? Did we just let him leave on a free transfer? Or did he buy out a portion of his contract/ Did river? Or in other words did we get a refund of some of his 1.9 mil' we got?

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | February 11, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Off the cuff, I think it's a great move. Yes Beckham is Beckham, but everything he said was right on the money. MLS has the leverage and should use it. Imagine if both sets of Goldenb**ls came back to the LAGS! Especially after months of people thinking neither would be there! I agree with this move by the MLS.

Posted by: boda-united | February 11, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

The real question here is what is acceptable financially?

If Milan doesn't take MLS' offer, MLS is screwed. Becks will simply play out the 09' season and walk away and MLS will have nothing to show for it. What is that magical dollar amount that makes enough sense to let him go.

I applaud Garber for drawing the line in the sand, but at the same time, he's playing chicken with a world power and if MLS doesn't sell him, they could be out $10 million dollars.

Tough call for MLS in this regard. They have to take a stand and show the rest of the world that you simply can't just show up and demand a price and have MLS shudder in fear.

At the same time, MLS needs to recognize the value in transfer money. Beckham's effectiveness in the seats is waning, his performance on the field is good, but not at his overhyped value, and he flat out hates to lose. That is what he's been doing for two years now. Playing for a losing franchise.

Take the money and run.

Posted by: ARickey | February 11, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Excellent move by the Commishioner. I don't think the league has cost itself any money. Instead, they have made it known that both MLS and the Galaxy are happy to pay Beckham his money and happy to have him in the fold. If AC Milan wants to compensate both for their losses should he leave, they should pay up. Otherwise, neither MLS nor AEG nor the Galaxy should be impressed by AC Milan standing on its bully pulpit. We have something they want.

If an MLS team coveted a player from Milan whom they valued, I'm sure the Rossineri would not be intimidated to act against their best interests....

Posted by: DWE4 | February 11, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I know this blog is mostly MLS fans but David Beckham has no business playing in the MLS. Nor does Landon Donovan for that matter. The MLS is nothing but frustration for Beckham. No one is even close to his level. He deserves better from the remainder of his competitive years. He should come back when hes 40.

Posted by: Conservativemindsareinshackles | February 11, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

this is a terrible precedent.....no other league in the world would have something like this....
they need the players tied to the clubs, not to the league.
i agree something needs to be done, but they have another couple of weeks, so let the window be the goddamn window!
so what if milan cant come to a conclusion by friday but they do next week? so garber is going to say no? yeah i see beckham just sitting there refusing to play then.
BAD PRECEDENT!

Posted by: dcsnowwake | February 11, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Good move. Time for AC to sh*t or get off the pot. One more year of the Becks circus in MLS would be fine, then let him walk. No way Milan is going to cough up 20 million -- be lucky to get 5 -- so forget a big transfer score. If they really want him, they'll be back in June. Also Beckham would get a cut of a transfer fee so it's to his advantage to play this current little drama out as long as possible. Hold him to his contract. Let Benny have one last chance at him.

Posted by: oz4dcu | February 11, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"In an exclusive interview with the Insider..."

Dude, you rock.

BTW, conservativemindsareinschackles, I'm getting some great chuckles at the ironic nature of your name! Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 11, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Good move by the commissioner.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | February 11, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Yes.

Posted by: boredbybaseball | February 11, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Avg MLS attendance - 15,000
Avg Beckam attendance - 30,000
Avg Ticket price - $20
Games - 30
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Difference - $9 million

Extra Beckham Jersey Sales - 250,000
Jersey Price - $60
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Difference - $15 million

These are all wild guesses and there is more money in sponsorships and so on. $20 million wouldn't be enough.

Posted by: marcool | February 11, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Get'em, Get'em!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | February 11, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I applaud Garber for drawing the line in the sand, but at the same time, he's playing chicken with a world power and if MLS doesn't sell him, they could be out $10 million dollars. - ARickey
=====================================
Three questions:
1. How much does it cost Beckham to buy out his contract?
2. Does that money go to MLS or LA Galaxy?
3. How much does it cost Beckham in sponsorship money and in his chances to play for the England National Team if the Galaxy doesn't come to terms with Milan and he doesn't "honor" his contract with the Galaxy and play to the best of his ability in the 2009 season?

Posted by: PocketKings | February 11, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

A deadline is a good idea. I'm not sure if that deadline is a good one. Sometime next week is probably more appropriate, if they're interested in getting a good deal.

Posted by: fischy | February 11, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I have no problems with the Commish's ultimatum. Milan if you want him that bad then come and get him (for the right price), if not then STFU.

Real Madrid tried to do this with CR7 and Sir Alex did not take their nonsense. So now MLS should be bullied into a cut-rate price because they are...MLS? No way.

For those of you who keep looking at the bloggers and posters well formulated and thought out valuation of Becks ($10 Million transfer fee) and think MLS is stupid for not accepting it remember this, this is a league composed of and owned by savvy businessmen. They made a viable league when ALL of the odds were against them. Listen to what Garber said about, sponsorships, TV, etc. You really think he has not factored in what the league stands to gain from all of this and weigh it against Milan's insulting offer? If anything, that laundry list itself tells us how MLS values Beckham. If the league stands to make more than $10 mil by the end of this year (imagine the Beckham exit tour and how that will fill stadiums) and he walks, then he walks. So what? I don't see how it's different than letting him go now, anyways.

MLS is a young league and I hear the arguments of the quality of players and what not, but it is a league nonetheless, that has the right to refuse transfer offers or other types of transactions that it deems unfair or not up to snuff. So yes it is AC Milan vs. the lowly MLS, but like I said, if you want him come and get him or just shut up!!

Posted by: Kosh2 | February 11, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Landon - prove yourself at Bayern - get sold!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | February 11, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

nothing clarifies the mind like a deadline. It makes sense to set one in this case for the reasons Garber states.

The only potential issue would be what happens if he does end up back in LA, a place he would prefer not to be? Sure, he's a pro and all of that, but it would have to effect him mentally to go from a team of stars to a Galaxy full of black holes. Just as a human being it would have to leave him a bit frustrated. Or maybe he ends up "injured" in which case all of those ESPN promos and stadium promos will mean squat because he's not playing.

The LD thing is interesting. I wonder if he really fits Bayern's plans all that well at this point given the other players they have. Sure Klinsi knows him and all of that and he has something to prove after his failure there in the past. But I wonder if he may be more likely to leave in the summer window or next year instead.

Posted by: fedssocr | February 11, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Bad tactics. All Garber accomplished was to paint himself into a corner, from a negotiating point of view. In my opinion, he has caved to the pressure he is undoubtedly getting from the Galaxy to get a deal done so they can get on with player acquisition. In so doing, I feel he may have given away leverage.

Posted by: schmuckatelli | February 11, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Beckham un-retiring from the EMNT set this in motion. Let's face it, coming back to LA hurts his chances, with or without Donovan, and no matter how sharp Beckham looks. This is because LA s*cks.

Donovan doesn't have the same problem, but obviously coming back to LA without Beckham is a big step back for him.

So you either have to keep them both in LA or let them both go, and either way the drama won't entirely stop until Beckham secures on EMNT spot, or not. I think it's a bit wrong for Garber to try to impose his own deadline on that.

How about extending the loans for some cash (plus loan LA some Munich & Milan juniors or reserves), while they try to build an actual team in LA for these guys to play for?

Posted by: otm_shank | February 11, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

David Beckham has no business being in Major League Soccer.

David Beckham belongs in WPS.

Posted by: Hoost | February 11, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Garber is in a strong negotiating position becuase he is honestly wiling to walk. If Milan won't step up their lowball offer (and I definitely consider $10 million a lowball offer - Jozy sold for $10 and he isn't a marketing juggernaut), then Garber will keep Beckham and the income he generates for 2009.

Beckham is clearly in love with Milan, but how much does Milan love him back? If they really want him, then they should pay what he's worth and they should do it in a timely fashion.

Posted by: jsm91 | February 11, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

For my edification, what was Milan's offer and is that sourced or speculation?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 11, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"David Beckham has no business playing in the MLS. Nor does Landon Donovan for that matter."

um, right. because when they played together the Galaxy ran roughshod over the rest of the league and won the title easily.

i think it's a good move by Garber. because MLS isn't on the same transfer window, he had to make sure this doesn't drag on forever. and i don't think he loses any leverage here at all.

as for the quoted offer of $10M, here's a line from an article in the Telegraph:

"Leiweke, the man instrumental in bringing the England veteran to Los Angeles from Real Madrid in 2007, did not mention a figure but the LA Times said it was believed to be at least ten million dollars."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/davidbeckham/4553268/LA-Galaxy-turn-down-6.7m-David-Beckham-bid-from-AC-Milan.html

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | February 11, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Garber talks tough . . . we'll see. I don't blame Beckham or any other international not wanting to play in the MLS.

Posted by: LCR-54 | February 11, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't care whether Beckham stays or goes. If Beckham really wants out, he can afford to buy out his own contract, then negotiate a higher salary directly with Milan.

I don't really care too much if Donovan stays or goes, although I'd like to see him succeed in Germany (from a US fan perspective).

What I like about Garber is that he's taking a position and forcing all three parties to come to a resolution. MLS will make a lot of money with Beckham in a Galaxy shirt. If he's sold, they need to make sure they'll get money to compensate for that.

Since we're not hearing that Bayern is asking about Donovan right now, you've got to assume that Donovan will be with the Galaxy to start the season. Whether he's sold in the summer is a different story.

Posted by: TCompton | February 11, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks 10c-->$$

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 11, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

This is all so predictable.

If Garber doesn't think Milan is going to call this bluff over his desire to produce some tv commercials and get people to pay for their tickets he's nuts.

MLS is going to reject Milan's "best and final" on Friday, get slammed in the European press for being novices in world football and for destroying Beckham's 2010 World Cup dream. Milan will moan their bad luck of not being able to hold onto Beckham. Then in early March MLS will invite Milan back to the table and they will seal the deal for no more than what they offer on Friday. MLS will have a trash can full of useless promotions.

Posted by: david93 | February 11, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Becks wants to play for the English national team in the World Cup so he has to play in Serie A to keep sharp. MLS is no competition for him. But pulling a deadline out of your...hat...like this is bush league at best. The contract already says what the real deadline is. This is just hot air by Garber.

Posted by: natty-bumppo | February 11, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I think the best option will be to extend Becks contract till the end of Seria A season with AC Milan and get a fee for that period. Once the Seria A sesaon is over, Becks can come back and play for LA.

The reason being:
1. By becks losing some matches in the first year of his contract did not much change the LA Galaxy's chances.

2. Anyway LA is not gonna win the CUP this year. So why not let Becks and for that case Landon finish their European sesons and then come back.

AC Milan and Bayern will be ready to compensate for the loses by LA and MLS for the first few matches that they miss.

Posted by: joseph_prabhakaran | February 11, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm willing to play in the MLS.

Just sayin'.....

Posted by: fischy | February 11, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Scoozi, pronti-pronti -- who is this "Beck Hamm?" Is it like the "Mia Hamm?"

Posted by: bs2004 | February 11, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

This is all so predictable.... MLS is going to reject Milan's "best and final" on Friday, get slammed in the European press for being novices in world football and for destroying Beckham's 2010 World Cup dream. Milan will moan their bad luck of not being able to hold onto Beckham. Then in early March MLS will invite Milan back to the table and they will seal the deal for no more than what they offer on Friday. MLS will have a trash can full of useless promotions.
> Posted by: david93 | February 11, 2009 1:51 PM
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Man, I wish I had psychic powers too. My stock portfolio would look so much better.

Posted by: JonE2 | February 11, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Bravo!

Posted by: beergorila | February 11, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

No, it's unwise. One, he's seriously overestimating his throw weight if it comes to a smackdown between Beckham/England/ACMilan and Garber/MLS. Two, it further diminishes the likelihood that similarly-situated internationals will enter long term deals with MLS. Three, implicit in his statement is that without Beckham the league can't sell tickets. I don't think that's true.

It's a macho pose borne of exasperation and Beckham/Milan will call the bluff.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 11, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Garber probably forced Brett Favre to retire too . . .

Posted by: LCR-54 | February 11, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Don for setting a deadline - at least we'll know a solution soon - if it was wise or not it's another debate.

Posted by: Ben7LA | February 11, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

As Beckenbaur said recently of the rumored move by Frank Ribery to Real Madrid. "IF a player wants to move, the club really cannot prevent it, even if there is a contract."

Meaning; once their head leaves, the body inevitably follows.

MLS managment, like MLS itself, is not yet at the level of the Big Boys. We are getting there, but Garber is not going to be the guy to finish the job.

Posted by: Ruthie1 | February 11, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Good job by Garber. It's not in MLS's interest to drag this out since we're not trying to offload Beckham. Beckham still has value for MLS so if Milan wants to steal him away they have to get their act together and make a damn nice offer. Otherwis ethis is one of those lame distractions that makes MLS look impotent and leaves everyone unhapy with the result.

Milan/Becks, you're on the clock.

Posted by: sobugged1 | February 11, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

QUITE FAIR FROM THE COMMISH!

AC Milan was allowed to have BECKS and need to understand the pragmatics on the upcoming MLS season .. ..

And, if AC Milan don't want to cooperate - the hell with them - they don't want him bad enough .. ..

Split the difference, settle on $15M, and run to the bank!

LOOKING FORWARD TO FRIDAY!

Posted by: Samminish | February 11, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, with all due respect, many of the other comments on here are very misinformed.

Posted by: sobugged1 | February 11, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused about something....if MLS is not real competition, then why didn't Beckham dominate the league as he's allegedly doing now in Serie A? Eurosnobs make me want to vomit.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | February 11, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Argentina and France is ON baby!!!!!
vamos celeste..

Posted by: koolcaio | February 11, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Beckham obviously wants to return to Europe and if Milan is serious they will make a serious offer. I don't think they will because he isn't getting any younger and his continued health is questionable at his age. He couldn't stay healthy for an entire MLS season so a 'healthy' season in 'better' competition is unlikely. Milan may have been trying for a steal of a deal and may not make any more offers.

Posted by: splitbill | February 11, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Beckham doesn't belowng in MLS; because all it has shown is that he's nothing but a glorified role player. Without great players around him he's nothing but a pedestrian soccer player.

Screw him. He knew what he was getting into when he came here. Either stay or go. But good for the commish; first ballsy thing I remember him doing.

Posted by: hacksaw | February 11, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Milan needs Goldenballs so they can secure a Champions League spot for next year which would earn them back their 10-12mil almost immediately. FBOFW, they are the odds on favorite to win the UUU-ey-faaa Cup this year too which hots up again next week so I am thinking the pressure is on them to keep him.

Posted by: IamAM | February 11, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

At this point Beckham doesn't have to last a whole season for Milan. Just about half a season. And it's not going to be 100 degrees and humid like Dallas, DC, or Houston. And he's not going to have to play on turf in TO or NJ. I wouldn't think health issues are a consideration for Milan at this point. Plus I am sure he will sell as many AC Milan shirts with his name on them, if not more, than the Herbalife shirts he sold here.

Posted by: fedssocr | February 11, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Bad Move commish.
If Milan want Beckham they will get him.
Garber is sending a bad message to the big boys of world soccer "hey we are the MLS and we can block the transfer of one of the biggest players to one of the biggest clubs" yea...fat chance Don!

Posted by: jjfooty | February 11, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I do not know a thing about soccer but the few times I have tuned in to watch Beckham play....what a waste of my time. Good riddance!!!!

Posted by: rehva | February 11, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

If Beckham wants to be in Italy bad enough let him buy his contract out and go. Ask him for the money.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | February 11, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I trust Garber's statement on whether Bayern Munich have inquired about buying Donovan. I mean, the last thing he said about Donovan was that Bayern Munich hadn't contacted MLS about landing going on loan....and yet Bayern Munich was saying they had him and he was coming from January 1 to March 15. So I don't put much stock in what Garber says regarding Donovan at all.

Posted by: Nicole11 | February 11, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Edit: He said FCB hadn't contacted MLS about Landon going on loan (not landing! ha!) and yet they had clearly been contacted and the dates were set.

Posted by: Nicole11 | February 11, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Nice quote from AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf on BBC Radio 5:

"He is training well and playing well and done a good job in adapting himself to the work of our team. Of course when you play with leading players who know how to play it is much easier and I can imagine his frustration playing over the last year in the Major Soccer League."

Ouch.

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 11, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Beckham is a joke and at best an ok player. He tends to live off of the medias perception that he's some super star. The sooner this a-hole exits the US the better.

Posted by: askgees | February 11, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

It's not Euro-snobbery to see the inherent truth in Becks' statements about quality of play.

Becks is a quality player. And to the extent that one player can influence a match, he did so in MLS. Much like Blanco, who also does not play much defense, makes a difference for the Fire.

Finally, just because Becks plays better with quality players around him doesn't mean that a scrub like me would flourish at AC Milan. My lack of quality would be apparent within minutes of stepping onto the pitch. Ergo, you should not infer that Becks can't play just because his play is more influential when the quality around him increases.

Posted by: Matte | February 11, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

It's just business; Garber is bargaining and we'll see what he gets. The more, the better.


39 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | February 11, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Becks is a quality player. And to the extent that one player can influence a match, he did so in MLS. Much like Blanco, who also does not play much defense, makes a difference for the Fire.

Finally, just because Becks plays better with quality players around him doesn't mean that a scrub like me would flourish at AC Milan. My lack of quality would be apparent within minutes of stepping onto the pitch. Ergo, you should not infer that Becks can't play just because his play is more influential when the quality around him increases.

Posted by: Matte | February 11, 2009 4:37 PM

What were you watching? If Becks was so influential then why didn't LA do any freaking good? Why didn't goldennuts get nominated for MVP? Why wasn't he leading in points/goals at his club, or in the league for that matter?

The guy had his moments (ie. a few good goals and moments of skill) but I can name a ton of other MLS players I'd rather have on DC United than David Beckham. All of you people on here defending the guy just because of his name is pretty appalling. He showed almost nothing appropriate of a DP in this league, and now he blames everyone else for this fact? It's a despicable act for a supposed sports star and role model. I don't care where he's from or whatever implications this situation has on the ongoing discussion of MLS' validity in the eyes of Europe. The guy is pretty low in my eyes and I don't blame Garber for reacting this way to the situation.

Posted by: pittmancb | February 11, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

If Becks was so influential then why didn't LA do any freaking good?
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Because LA was a really bad team. Substitute Messi for Beckham and they would still have stunk.

Can you name "a ton" of MLS players you'd rather have than Beckham if you were AC Milan? That's really more pertinent.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 11, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

My bet is that both Beckham and Donovan return for 2009, and that LA will be a lot better. Puke.

MLS shouldn't roll over on selling either of these players. Average league-wide attendance was up over a thousand for the last 2 years, all down to Becks, and he's too valuable to sell cheap. No worries about him being unhappy - he'll bust his rear to have visible success if he comes back. After this year, let him walk if he wants to go.

Beckham should not be underrated. Few players redefine the way a position is played, as Beckham did in his early years, curling in crosses from the wing in full stride. He's never been a complete player, but he's something unique and still makes some really difficult things look easy (accurate, first time passing etc.). Garber is right to play hardball. Beckham is worth the price of admission and shouldn't be let go cheaply.

Posted by: oz4dcu | February 11, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

They play pro soccer in America?

Posted by: xSamplex | February 11, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

not reading any comments, I actually like Garber steppin' up American Style! We play hardball out here and we're not going to stand for this soap opera! YeeeHaaaaaw!!!!!
USA!USA!USA!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 11, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Hell friggin' yea! Deal with it ASAP! He wants to stay with AC Milan... Americans with their glut of whoring commercialism should take this as a lesson. Do we even want him if he doesn't want to stay? Cut your losses and stop whining. We have great players and they don't need this garbage.
And what's up with this: "By Friday, he is either coming back or he is transferred," Garber said. "If it is not resolved by Friday, I will not approve the transfer.

Tough talk with an 'escape clause', why even get chesty unless you're ready back it up? With no questions asked AFTER Friday. He sounds so pathetic and whimpy.

Posted by: kristen3 | February 11, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I say sell him, be done with him, revoke his passport and never let him back into the country. That should just about do it.

Also, can we be done with this stupid DP rule? I know a few have stuck, but by and large it creates a class system on our teams and most of these guys are just coming here for the payday and not really to play.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | February 11, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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