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Players anticipate strike, says Toronto rep Garcia
March 11th, 2010 12:41AM

TAGS:  mls, soccer business, toronto fc


[MLS] While talks between Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union continue in Washington, D.C. under the auspices of mediator George H. Cohen, the Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, at least one player rep says the union anticipates that the 2010 MLS season won't start on time.

Toronto FC's Nick Garcia told CBC Sports Wednesday evening that players were ready to strike if a new collective bargaining agreement was not finalized before the March 25 opener.

"We're anticipating not having the season starting [on time]," said Garcia, who is entering his 11th season in MLS. "As of now, for us, we're very far apart — even with the mediator there in D.C. We're hoping things can get done, but quite frankly I don't think we're confident things will."

  1. Tom Jedrzejewicz
    commented on: March 11, 2010 at 10:52 a.m.
    So, if there is a strike/lockout, can Landon Donovan continue to play for Everton?
  1. golazo52
    commented on: March 11, 2010 at 7:49 p.m.
    Many have compared the potential strike to the strike in the old NASL which was one of the contributing factors to the NASL demise. They have ignored the obvious dissimilarities of the two Leagues. Through conservative management the MLS has not fallen prey to the super team mentality of theCosmos days. However, having built the foundation the owners must allow the free market to begin to build momentun and have successes and failures as any other business does inthe US. The players who apparently have found the guts to lead strike are doing all of the American soccer community a favor. As a rather well known American politician said recently, "If not now when?".It is time to end the system that was originally well conceived. Soccer is not UFC nor do we want it to be. Free Agency now!guaranteed contracts now. End the indentured servant nature of being anMLS player and the League will grow, the sport will grow and eventually we wll win a World Cup

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