"Clearly, no one is in favor of a work stoppage, but we spent years establishing the structure of the league to make it work and we did so against a background of repeated failures to launch
professional soccer leagues in the United States. What we would never do is compromise those things that we think are necessary for the continued growth and prosperity of the league simply to avert a
work stoppage. We have to think about this in the long term and we have to make sure the right system is in place."
-- MLS President Mark Abbott on the league's position about a work stoppage in light of another deadline in labor talks between the league the MLS Players Union. (Soccer Insider)