Three Things to Know About the (Near) MLS Strike

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SEATTLE — That sound you just heard? That was the collective sigh of relief from Sounders fans. According to ESPN, an agreement has been reached and the season will start today! While the intricacies of the deal may be overly complex and probably not that interesting to the average fan, there are three important things to take away from this close call that could have been a season-squashing strike.

  • As reported by the Washington Post, there has never been a work stoppage in the MLS. By reaching an agreement days ahead of the 2015 season’s first matches, the league avoided what nobody wanted, a strike. It’s important to note that the MLS is the only US sports league in which the players have gained free agency without resorting to a work stoppage.
  • Players now have limited free agency: individuals have gained some input into where they can play and to which teams they are sold.
  • Teams’ salary caps and the league-wide base pay have been increased.

This new agreement will be in place for the next five years, after that, it’s back to the bargaining table.

So, you too can let out that sigh of relief, the first kicks of the MLS’s 2015 season will be today. And, as you cheer on the Sounders, you now know why we came so close to not getting to cheer on the Sounders.

You can catch the Sounders FC take on the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:00pm on March 14th on Q13 FOX.

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