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MLS, union come together to avoid calamitous work stoppage


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Neither side seems happy about it, and it’s reportedly far from unanimous, but Major League Soccer’s owners and players have apparently found a workable collective bargaining agreement that stops the 20-year-old league from a cringeworthy work stoppage.

Simon Evans quotes Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando as saying, “The deal is done”, and our own Joe Prince-Wright has knowledge that the season will start on time.

Clearly my open letter last night did the trick. You’re all welcome.

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting several key details:

According to a source with direct knowledge of the deal, the new CBA is a five-year deal that creates free agency for players 28 years of age or older with at least eight years experience. According to that source, the free agency is capped depending on salary.

Players who are making under $100,000 have a cap of a 125-percent increase of their salary, players making between $100-200,000 have a cap of 120-percent and players making more than $200,000 have a cap of 115-percent.

In addition, the new CBA includes a minimum salary of $60,000, though that number will increase incrementally per year. The source said there was also an increase in the overall salary cap, though the source could not immediately provide that number.

Great news that the 2015 #MLS season will start on time as Players Union have agreed terms on a new CBA. Roll on Friday. #MLSCBA

— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) March 5, 2015

Both league and player sources telling me there is agreement. Not signed yet but agreement in place

— Simon Evans (@sgevans) March 5, 2015

Confirming what @sgevans reported, MLS and union reach agreement. Formal announcement expected soon. — Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) March 5, 2015

Free agency deal is 28 yr old after 8 years in league I am told. Salary cap up, min wage up.

— Simon Evans (@sgevans) March 5, 2015

Check back all night as we’ll get you any and all important details as they arrive, but it appears we’ll be watching soccer on Friday. Huzzah.

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