MLS Players Ratify Amended CBA with the League

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Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by Anne Peterson on February 8, 2021.

Major League Soccer players have voted to ratify an amended collective bargaining agreement after the league and the union avoided a lockout by striking a deal that runs through the 2027 season.

“MLS players have made incredible sacrifices and overcome considerable challenges in the past year to continue doing their jobs during a difficult time for all of us,” the Major League Soccer Players Association said in a statement Monday. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our player leadership for continuing to guide us during these unprecedented times.”

The agreement reached Friday night gives the players their full salaries this season and extends the current CBA for two seasons. The union had proposed a one-year extension through 2026. Additional details about the deal were not immediately disclosed. …

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