1999 - 2016
Commissioner of MLS
The commissioner of Major League Soccer during a time when American first-division soccer moved from a struggling enterprise to a thriving one. When Garber became commissioner in 1999, the league had 10 teams and crowds averaging fewer than 14,000 per game. By the time he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2016, it had expanded to 20 teams and crowds of more than 21,000 per game. Prominent among MLS’ advances during that time was the building of soccer specific stadiums by more than a dozen teams. Inducted in 2016.