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MLS, MLSPA extend CBA as negotiations continue

Major League Soccer and the MLS Players’ Association do not have an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement yet, but they are giving themselves more time to hammer out a deal.

The current agreement was set to expire on Friday, but the two sides have agreed to extend it for another week, setting the new expiration date as February 7. In all reality, the actual deadline for a new CBA is the beginning of the regular season, but the early rounds of the Concacaf Champions League could complicate things. Atlanta United, LAFC, New York City FC, the Seattle Sounders, and the Montreal Impact all have competitive matches in the middle of February and the lack of an agreement or another extension would jeopardize each team’s participation.

The two sides could continue to extend the deadline right to the start of the season, which would allow those teams to compete in the Champions League. In 2015, the CBA expired over the winter, but deadline extensions allowed D.C. United and the Impact to play in the CCL Quarterfinals in late February.

Representatives of the Players’ Union as well as MLS owners have engaged in “Slow going” and lengthy discussions, according to ESPN. Things are moving in a positive direction, thanks in large part to the presence of actual MLS owners, not just legal representation.

The current agreement was reached at the 11th hour before the start of the 2015 season. It wasn’t until the day before the start of the regular season that the two sides managed to conclude negotiations and draft a CBA that provided players with a limited form of free agency. This time around, the players are looking to expand that initial system, as well as a simplification of the league’s complicated spending and roster rules, higher salaries, and more charter flights.


  1. I like that the actually owners are there. Taking it seriously.
    So much on the line, they better not take some steps backward…
    Steps backward
    One by causing a disruption to what we are all waiting for….soccer.
    Two by causing the massive amount of greatness flowing to MLS to stop.
    I think these CBAs will be telling. Is it a case where Atlanta spent more than possible and that is why the team is starting to become a shell of its former self? Or is it just a natural flow of teams going up and down in a real league? There are still teams like LAFC that are better than Atlanta who HAVEN’T lost a lot over the off-season, are they too optimistic in the amount of money there and allowed to be used. The Sounders delay in signing players that already seem to be sold, would make anyone nervous.


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