Sunday, March 20, 2011
MLS Cup for HDC 'not finalized'
By Scott French
Galaxy ownership's chief executive told fans earlier this month that Major League Soccer's championship game was coming to Southern California. MLS's commissioner Sunday said such talk was premature.
Commissioner Don Garber, attending the Galaxy's home opener, acknowledged that the league is in negotiations with Galaxy owners Anschutz Entertainment Group to play this year's title game at Home Depot Center but that “we're not finalized yet.”
AEG President/CEO Tim Leiweke told a gathering at the Galaxy's annual fan luncheon March 11 at L.A. Live's ESPN Zone that “we might happen to have a certain championship in a certain city we all know and love” with a “chance to finish [a championship season] here.”
AEG-owned Home Depot Center has staged the 2003, 2004 and 2008 MLS Cup finals.
“I think [Leiweke] would like to see it here,” Garber told media at halftime of L.A.'s 1-1 draw with New England at HDC. “It's not yet decided, but Tim's always good for comments that get us excited on the press side and me frustrated on my end, but we're hoping to get an announcement for MLS Cup soon.”