The supremo believes one of the league’s sides can be as good as the Red Devils one day, and is looking forward to the MLS All-Star fixture against Sir Alex’s side this week
By Alex Labidou and Seth Vertelney
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber believes the league could one day have a team as good as Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson's men are currently in America on their pre-season tour, and Garber admits the league must remain patient for one of their sides to reach the level of the Red Devils.
"Time," he told Goal.com. "It's just going to take time. We'll get there eventually. I don't think anybody doubts that we're a league on the rise and we're a league that has our best years ahead of us."
With a select team that features David Beckham and Thierry Henry, the MLS All-Stars will face United at Red Bulls Arena in New Jersey on Wednesday.
The Red Devils have played three friendly matches against MLS opposition so far on their tour of the United States, winning all three games.
"Manchester United is a great team," Garber said. "They're the best team in England and have been having a go at it with our teams the last couple of weeks and playing very competitively.
"With many of these games our teams have been putting a second team in at the second half. We've been putting out a reserve in the second half and they've been putting in Wayne Rooney. It just proves the depth and strength and the incredible power of Manchester United."
United beat the New England Revolution 4-1, Seattle Sounders 7-0 and Chicago Fire 3-1 on their tour.
And as Sir Alex's side prepare to face the MLS All-Stars, Garber has highlighted the importance of the fixture for the growth of the league.
"Special events are a big part of marketing in any pro sports league," Garber said. "Our All-Star game is one we feel is very valuable. It's a competitive match. It's not just our players playing against each other. It's our players testing each other against great players and great teams around the world.
"This is just another example of how serious we are about creating opportunities for our players and our league to come through the clutter and get some attention."
Although Garber knows what his All-Star team will be up against when they face the Champions League finalists, he is relishing the prospect of Henry and Beckham lining up together in the same team.
"I think we'll have a good squad. Getting Henry and Beckham on the field for the first time will be fun and exciting," Garber said.
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