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Garber criticizes Klinsmann, calls comments 'damaging' and 'infuriating'

  • In this Oct. 10, 2014, photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, right, shakes hands with Landon Donovan as Sunil Gulati, left, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, watches following a news conference in Bristol, Conn. Garber took the extraordinary step Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, of criticizing U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for not taking Donovan to the World Cup and for saying Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley damaged their careers by returning to MLS from European clubs. Garber, the league's commissioner since 1999, questioned whether Klinsmann could be an effective coach while publicly criticizing MLS. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    In this Oct. 10, 2014, photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, right, shakes hands with Landon Donovan as Sunil Gulati, left, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, watches following a news conference in Bristol, Conn. Garber took the extraordinary step Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, of criticizing U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for not taking Donovan to the World Cup and for saying Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley damaged their careers by returning to MLS from European clubs. Garber, the league's commissioner since 1999, questioned whether Klinsmann could be an effective coach while publicly criticizing MLS. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Oct. 10, 2014, photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, right, watches Landon Donovan shake a hand as he and Sunil Gulati, left, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, wrap up a news conference in Bristol, Conn. Garber took the extraordinary step Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, of criticizing U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for not taking Landon Donovan to the World Cup and for saying Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley damaged their careers by returning to MLS from European clubs. Garber, the league's commissioner since 1999, questioned whether Klinsmann could be an effective coach while publicly criticizing MLS. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    In this Oct. 10, 2014, photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, right, watches Landon Donovan shake a hand as he and Sunil Gulati, left, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, wrap up a news conference in Bristol, Conn. Garber took the extraordinary step Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, of criticizing U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for not taking Landon Donovan to the World Cup and for saying Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley damaged their careers by returning to MLS from European clubs. Garber, the league's commissioner since 1999, questioned whether Klinsmann could be an effective coach while publicly criticizing MLS. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 11, 2014, file photo, MLS Commissioner Don Garber speaks to reporters prior to an MLS soccer game between the Montreal Impact and DC United in Montreal. Garber has criticized U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for saying some players' careers were damaged by returning to the league. Klinsmann said Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, that decisions by Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley to play in MLS rather than for European clubs make it "very difficult for them to keep the same level that they experienced at the places where they were." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes, File)

    FILE - In this June 11, 2014, file photo, MLS Commissioner Don Garber speaks to reporters prior to an MLS soccer game between the Montreal Impact and DC United in Montreal. Garber has criticized U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for saying some players' careers were damaged by returning to the league. Klinsmann said Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, that decisions by Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley to play in MLS rather than for European clubs make it "very difficult for them to keep the same level that they experienced at the places where they were." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes, File)  (The Associated Press)

Major League Commissioner Don Garber has criticized U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for saying some players' careers were damaged by returning to the league.

Klinsmann said Monday that decisions by Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley to play in MLS rather than for European clubs make it "very difficult for them to keep the same level that they experienced at the places where they were."

Garber held a conference call with reporters Wednesday to say Klinsmann's remarks are "incredibly damaging to our league" and "personally infuriating." Garber says Klinsmann's comments "send the wrong message" to players.