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US coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he hasn't spoken with Don Garber over MLS criticism

  • U.S. national soccer team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann speaks during a press conference at Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium in London, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.  The U.S. are due to play Colombia in an international friendly soccer match at the stadium on Friday.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    U.S. national soccer team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann speaks during a press conference at Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium in London, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. The U.S. are due to play Colombia in an international friendly soccer match at the stadium on Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • The U.S. national soccer team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann supervises a squad training session at Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium in London, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.  The U.S. are due to play Colombia in an international friendly soccer match at the stadium on Friday.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    The U.S. national soccer team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann supervises a squad training session at Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium in London, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. The U.S. are due to play Colombia in an international friendly soccer match at the stadium on Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

  • The U.S. national soccer team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann supervises a squad training session at Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium in London, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.  The U.S. are due to play Colombia in an international friendly soccer match at the stadium on Friday.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    The U.S. national soccer team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann supervises a squad training session at Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium in London, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. The U.S. are due to play Colombia in an international friendly soccer match at the stadium on Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann shed no light on Don Garber's public dispute with him, saying he had not met with the Major League Soccer Commissioner in recent weeks.

Garber held a telephone news conference on Oct. 15 to criticize 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 questioned whether Klinsmann could be an effective coach while publicly criticizing MLS.

"No we did not speak. We corresponded a couple of times with emails," Klinsmann said at a news conference Thursday. "I'm not giving you any insight on those ones."

Klinsmann spoke a day before the U.S. plays Colombia in an exhibition at Fulham's Craven Cottage, the Americans' first game since Garber made his remarks. The Americans also play at Ireland next week.