Report: MLS Won’t Sell Landon Donovan

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber listens during a meeting of members of the USA Bid Committee for the FIFA World Cup in New York, NY on December 15, 2009. Photo via Newscom

A recent interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber revealed that Major League Soccer has no plans to agree to a Landon Donovan transfer.

Here are a couple of choice Garber quotes:

- MLS needs soccer heroes, and we have a great American soccer hero playing for us in LA, holding the torch for the sport in our country, and that’s very important. I don’t believe that it’s something we can do without.

- He proved in England last year on loan and he proved in South Africa that he’s a world-class player and he’s also proved that he loves our league and really has accepted the mantle of really being one of the leaders of the sport. It is my hope and my expectation that we have him for the rest of his career because I think the contributions that he makes are invaluable to our future success.

FFG’s take? These statements may be nothing more than Garber attempting to drive up Donovan’s price. If a European superclub offers more than $20 million, Garber would let Donovan go in a heartbeat.

What do you think, gringos? Will Landon ever earn a permanent move to Europe? How much longer before Garber perfects his Montgomery Burns pose?

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  1. Bradley's Receding Hairline says:

    It’d be a real shame if Donovan isn’t able to go to Europe. He extended his deal with MLS last winter, presumably thinking that he’d eventually get a transfer.

  2. bensten says:

    Maybe the official MLS logo should include handcuffs or shackles. If I were a young hot prospect I think I’d rather go to the Belgian 3rd division than the MLS. At least that way there’d be some possible mobility…

    • Blake Owen says:

      This has already happened in the past. Alejandro Bedoya and Charlie Davies (both Boston College alums) are perhaps the two highest profile prospects to spurn MLS.

  3. SoccerGurl317 says:

    I understand where Garber is coming from. It would be a sad day for us soccer fans when we loose Donovan to a european team. However, if I was in Donovan’s position I would want to be able to play over in Europe too and not be tied down to just MLS. I hope he will get a chance to play in Europe as some of the other US soccer players are doing right now.

    • Blake Owen says:

      If Donovan ends up not being able to go back to Europe (and I really think this is just posturing by Garber: they’ll let him go if the right offer comes along), he really has only himself to blame. Donovan signed a 4-year contract extension in December 2009, a move he didn’t have to make.

      I would miss watching Landycakes in person, but I wouldn’t mind watching him compete in the Champions League!

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