1. Thank you for visiting our NYCFC forum! We invite you to REGISTER and join our growing member base in discussion! Registered members can join competitions and win monthly prizes. So what are you waiting for!? Join us! This is a great MLS community where you can discuss New York City Football Club and other MLS football teams as well as international and other domestic league teams.
  2. Use your NYCFC Forums Credits or 'Dan Bucks' to remove the ads.

    Use Credits or Become A Donor

NYCFC House

Discussion in 'NYCFC Supporters Discussion' started by adam, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. gbservis

    gbservis Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

    Messages:
    1,565
    Likes Received:
    4,338
    Trophy Points:
    303
    Location:
    NYC
    What is the league doing to ensure that the quality of the refereeing improves at the same pace as the quality of play on the field? (Which IMO they are completely failing to do but phrasing it that way feels like it might produce a more interesting, less defensive answer)
     
  2. sundance

    sundance Junior Member Elite Donor

    Messages:
    148
    Likes Received:
    435
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Manhattan
    Good Q. I'll ask if I get a chance
     
    gbservis likes this.
  3. LeeNYCFC

    LeeNYCFC Junior Member Elite Donor Seasoned Supporter

    Messages:
    375
    Likes Received:
    945
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    Chelsea
    Just a few tidbits from this. As expected from an executive there weren't any Earth-shattering revelations. I did find Garber to be pretty candid and focused on trying to answer people's questions rather than just deflecting them and giving talking points.

    - he made a brief statement about stadiums and was unequivocal about ours being in the five boroughs

    - he mentioned the US Open Cup and CCL as competitions that are important to him and the league. He sees the development of these as a way to build MLS' brand and wants to see our clubs winning CCL.

    - he described himself as pro-technology, more so than FIFA at large, and wants to see MLS at the forefront. He made mention of wanting more data-tracking tools on players and also wanting to include things like player heart rate in broadcasts (that one I found kind of odd)

    - he was supportive of VAR and thinks it's working well. He said he gets more feedback on officiating than anything else but that when the league office reviews complaints they usually find the officials were correct (huh?)

    - he mentioned that one of their current struggles is US labor law which prevents them from signing someone under 18 to a professional contract. Other countries do not have this restriction so can try to poach our players at younger ages.

    - he is happy with the resources teams receive for salary expenses. He said the minimum salary is above the amount the league agreed to in the CBA so he sees them as being generous. He feels the loosening of financial restrictions is going faster than he would prefer as opposed to too slow.
     
    Christopher Jee, adam, Lrsone and 7 others like this.
  4. Ulrich

    Ulrich Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

    Messages:
    7,766
    Likes Received:
    14,805
    Trophy Points:
    353
    Thanks!
     
  5. sundance

    sundance Junior Member Elite Donor

    Messages:
    148
    Likes Received:
    435
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Manhattan
    Thanks for providing the recap! A couple of additional notes:

    1. His answer on refs was almost entirely defensive. He did say that there's internal accountability review and that officials are too resistant to admitting mistakes to the public, but then he pivoted basically to a "this is fine" regarding the substance of the overall calling.
    2. I thought his answer on academies was interesting. Asked how the league can incentivize and protect academy investment, he started by saying they were working on fixing college soccer, to provide players an additional reason to stay stateside, including by persuading the NCAA to extend eligibility to players "on our teams." Mentioned the USL plays a part, as an indication of multiple stakeholders making it a difficult problem to solve. He continued by mentioning discussions around increasing GA money, either doubling it or adding a signing bonus of some sort.

    He closed the answer by talking about prospects skipping MLS entirely. He seemed genuinely steamed about it. I didn't get a good sense of what fixes are in the works here, other than eventually evening out the competitive balance between MLS and Europe, but I'm convinced that he takes it very seriously, personally even, as a problem that needs fixing.

    3. A staffer confirmed to me that the talk will be up on YT. Unsure about turnaround time.
     
    Christopher Jee, adam, Vallos and 4 others like this.
  6. sundance

    sundance Junior Member Elite Donor

    Messages:
    148
    Likes Received:
    435
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Manhattan
     
    Vallos and LionNYC like this.

Share This Page