Low-key Whitecaps boss not a bad thing

BOB MACKIN, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:22 PM ET

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber likes the way Greg Kerfoot will sit in the rain at a Cascadia soccer game, but is impatient with David Beckham’s reluctance to spend a full year in sunny California.

Garber called the Whitecaps’ media shy co-owner a “guy you want owning your team”. Instead of enjoying a luxury box in Seattle for the 2009 MLS Cup, Kerfoot sat in the stands at Qwest Field.

“You might not feel him, I feel Greg Kerfoot every day,” Garber said Monday in Vancouver. “He's a good owner, people here in Vancouver should be excited about him. I think it's not a bad thing when owners don't have a high profile.”

Garber called Los Angeles Galaxy’s Landon Donovan the face of the league, and superstar Beckham a “great ambassador.”

"I have been frustrated with him, his continued interest in training abroad and over the last number of years playing abroad,” Garber said. “I don't blame him for that, the fact he wants to be fit year-round is a positive.”

The expansion Whitecaps, who debut March 19 when Toronto FC visits, announced a six-year broadcast deal with TSN Monday. TSN is owned by Bell, the Whitecaps’ jersey sponsor. Loring Phinney, the telecom giant’s vice-president of corporate marketing, told QMI Bell wasn't buying naming rights for B.C. Place Stadium.


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