MLS Says It Has Agreement With Players on Five-Year Deal

Major League Soccer officials said they have reached agreement in principle on a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with players, allowing the season to begin as scheduled on Friday.

The deal, which runs through the 2019 season, was announced Wednesday in a joint release by MLS and the Major League Soccer Players Union.

“We are pleased to finalize the framework for a new collective bargaining agreement with our players,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in the release. “This agreement will provide a platform for our players, ownership and management to work together to help build Major League Soccer into one of the great soccer leagues in the world.”

The final phase of negotiations was conducted with assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

“We are pleased to finally turn our fans’ attention back to our players and the competition on the field as we get started on the 2015 season,” said Bob Foose, the union’s executive director.

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