Saturday, March 20, 2010

SOUNDERS FC: BREAKING: MLS and Players' Union agree on 5-year CBA

Seattle Sounders FC and the rest of the MLS teams will officially be competing this year, as the league finally reached a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the MLS players’ union. The conclusion of the CBA ensures teams and fans nationwide that their favorite MLS players will be playing as scheduled, and ultimately avoided a labor strike.

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The two sides had a deadline of Thursday March 25th, before the inaugural match of the 2010-11 regular season here in Seattle, but wasted no more time in agreement this afternoon in New York, approximate 1:00pm ET. Given the growing popularity of the sport, not only here in the Pacific Northwest but across the nation, this CBA could not have come at a better time.

Sounders FC will host the newly anointed pro squad Philadelphia Union as scheduled next Thursday on the Xbox pitch at 7:00pm. The match will be nationally televised on ESPN2, and is possibly viewable on Kong 6/16 but most likely subject to blackout.

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