MLS and the Players Union gave themselves an extra two weeks to hammer out the details of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The CBA was set to expire on Jan. 31, leaving the door open that a lack of an agreement could prevent the 2010 season from kicking off on time or at all.
“While we still have areas of disagreement, the talks have been constructive and both parties believe it makes sense to continue to work hard to reach agreement,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “This extension provides both MLS and the players the opportunity to continue our discussions while clubs are in training camps preparing for the 2010 MLS season.”
“Both the Players Union and MLS have concluded that a new agreement will not be reached by February 1, but we have agreed to continue to talk and we will be meeting over the next two weeks to determine if a new agreement can be reached,” said Players Union Executive Director Bob Foose. “In the meantime, MLS Players are reporting to training camp, and preparations for the 2010 season will continue.”
Most MLS clubs started preseason training this week, with Union representatives advising players to show at their respective clubs.
Seattle Sounders FC designated player Freddie Ljungberg did miss the first week of training, but both the club and player maintain his absence was due to a miscommunication. The Swede is due in camp Monday, Feb. 1.
Below is an update from Seattle Sounders' players and union reps James Riley and Taylor Graham.
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