Major League Soccer commissioner apologizes for Chattanooga comments

Authored By chloe.morrison

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber apologized Friday for comments about Chattanooga’s soccer scene. 

“While recently discussing promotion and relegation, I made some inappropriate comments about Chattanooga,” he said in a prepared statement. “I commend all of the soccer fans in Tennessee and the Southeast for their record-breaking support of Chattanooga FC and apologize to the passionate supporters of the club.”

A spokesman also said that Garber has communicated with Chattanooga Football Club leaders about his comments. 

On Thursday, writer Stephen Schmidt with SB Nation blog Twice a Cosmo highlighted Garber’s comments, calling them an “ill-advised cheap shot.” Garber’s comments were originally reported by Jeffrey Eisenband.

Garber used Chattanooga as an example of why promotion and relegation-the system in which teams are transferred between leagues based on performance-isn’t a good idea. 

Click here for background on the whole story, including comments from CFC general manager Sean McDaniel.

Updated @ 9:41 a.m. on 11/21/15.