Garber, 56, who has led MLS for 15 years, has undergone a series of comprehensive tests and doctors say the cancer has not spread. Garber has begun treatment at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York, which will be followed by surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Based on the stage of his cancer, his doctors expect he will have a full recovery. Garber will continue managing the league during treatment.
"Obviously no one wants to hear that they have cancer," Garber said in statement released by MLS. "However, I am being treated by exceptional doctors at two of the top hospitals in the world and am confident, as are they, that the prostate cancer will be successfully treated, with a full recovery. "
Prostate cancer is the most common non-
Garber, a former NFL executive who was senior vice president and managing director of NFL International, has become one of the most successful commissioners in American sports during his time with MLS. The league has grown from 12 to 19 teams since Garber took over, with franchises in
Garber also has overseen the construction of 12 soccer-specific stadiums and the adoption of the designated-play rule, which has allowed teams to go beyond the league-mandated salary cap to lure big-name players such as