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Mar 5, 2015

U.S. no longer a barren land as MLS turns 20

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Hatched from a promise to FIFA to help secure the hosting of the 1994 World Cup, Major League Soccer is set to open its 20th season after finally establishing the sport at the professional level in North America.

For decades, people in the international game wondered how it was that with soccer having been spread around the world, the United States remained a barren land.

Mar 5, 2015

Soccer-For MLS’s Garber, the game is maturing in U.S.

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) – Despite four straight days of negotiations, there was a spring in the step of Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner Don Garber as he left the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on Wednesday.

A new five-year collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players union ensured that MLS’s 20th season will begin on time on Friday with no damaging work stoppage.

Mar 5, 2015

Soccer-New boys Kaka, Villa help kick off MLS’s 20th season

March 5 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer, having struck a last-minute labor deal to avoid a players strike, can now focus on opening its loudly-heralded 20th season this weekend with plenty of new faces.

Expansion sides New York City FC and Orlando City SC kick off their MLS existences on Sunday when they go head-to-head in front of what is expected to be a sellout crowd of 62,000 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium.

Mar 5, 2015

Soccer-U.S. no longer a barren land as MLS turns 20

March 5 (Reuters) – Hatched from a promise to FIFA to help secure the hosting of the 1994 World Cup, Major League Soccer is set to open its 20th season after finally establishing the sport at the professional level in North America.

For decades, people in the international game wondered how it was that with soccer having been spread around the world, the United States remained a barren land.

Mar 5, 2015

Soccer-Coyle out to prove foreign coaches can thrive in MLS

March 5 (Reuters) – Scottish manager Owen Coyle, who takes charge of Houston Dynamo this season, believes that with the right approach there is no reason why a foreign manager can’t succeed in Major League Soccer.

Some high-profile foreign flops, including Dutchmen Ruud Gullit and Aron Winter, have added to the perception that a coach must “know the league” to win in MLS.

Mar 5, 2015

MLS reaches deal with players to avert strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major League Soccer and its players struck a deal “in principle” on a new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday to avoid a work stoppage two days before the start of the season, MLS chief Don Garber said.

Garber confirmed to Reuters the MLS Players Union (MLSPU) and the league had reached agreement after a day-long round of negotiations at the Washington offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Mar 5, 2015

Soccer-New MLS labor pact with players a ‘done deal’-source

WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer has reached a last-minute agreement on a new labor deal that will avoid a work stoppage, a player involved in the negotiations told Reuters on Wednesday.

“The deal is done,” Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, the team’s union representative, said as he left the day-long talks at the Washington offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation.

Mar 4, 2015

Soccer-MLS resumes labor talks, players’ strike looms

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Major League Soccer (MLS) and the union
representing its players resumed labor talks on Wednesday with
hopes of reaching a last-minute deal on a new collective
bargaining agreement and avoiding a work stoppage.

With the 20th MLS season scheduled to open on Friday, the
negotiations are expected to go down to the wire on Wednesday as
the sides seek to craft a new five-year deal to replace the
previous agreement which expired on Jan. 31.

Mar 4, 2015

MLS on brink of players’ strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major League Soccer is on the verge of a players’ strike as talks on a new collective contract have failed to bring a deal with just two days until the start of the new season.

The players’ union (MLSPU) and club and league representatives were locked in talks late on Tuesday at the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in the capital but no deal was reached.

Mar 4, 2015

Soccer-MLS on brink of players’ strike

WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer is on the verge of a players’ strike as talks on a new collective contract have failed to bring a deal with just two days until the start of the new season.

The players’ union (MLSPU) and club and league representatives were locked in talks late on Tuesday at the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in the capital but no deal was reached.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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