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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.

Mar 2, 2015

Harrington ends seven-year wait with Honda victory

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Padraig Harrington ended a seven-year title wait on the two main tours when he won the Honda Classic in a playoff with American rookie Daniel Berger following a thrilling final round on Monday.

The victory was sweet for the 43-year-old Irishman, a triple major winner who has plummeted down the rankings after several seasons of struggle and went into the tournament 297th in the world.

Feb 28, 2015

Clock ticking as MLS and union face crunch talks

MIAMI (Reuters) – Major League Soccer and its players face showdown talks on Sunday in a last-ditch bid to avoid a strike and a delay to the start of its 20th season next week.

The MLS Players Union (MLSPU) and the league are negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement after the last five-year deal on pay and conditions ran out at the end of January with no new contract in place.

Feb 28, 2015

Soccer-Clock ticking as MLS and union face crunch talks

MIAMI, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer and its players face showdown talks on Sunday in a last-ditch bid to avoid a strike and a delay to the start of its 20th season next week.

The MLS Players Union (MLSPU) and the league are negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement after the last five-year deal on pay and conditions ran out at the end of January with no new contract in place.

Feb 27, 2015

MLS fines Salt Lake owner as possible work stoppage looms

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – With a possible players strike or lockout on the horizon, Major League Soccer on Friday fined one of its team owners for making public comments on negotiations with the players’ union (MLSPU).

Real Salt Lake investor-operator Dell Loy Hansen was handed an undisclosed fine by MLS for comments made during a radio interview this week. “The comments made by Mr. Hansen are not permitted under the league’s constitution,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We are engaged in constructive negotiations with our players and such comments are not appropriate nor helpful to the negotiations.” The league’s five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) ran out on January 31 and with the new MLS season due to kick off on March 6, the prospect of a delay to the start of the campaign is looming.

Feb 27, 2015

Soccer-MLS fines Salt Lake owner as possible work stoppage looms

Feb 27 (Reuters) – With a possible players strike or lockout on the horizon, Major League Soccer on Friday fined one of its team owners for making public comments on negotiations with the players’ union (MLSPU).

Real Salt Lake investor-operator Dell Loy Hansen was handed an undisclosed fine by MLS for comments made during a radio interview this week.

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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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