MLS and Players’ Association Agree on Economic Concessions

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TORONTO – MLS players have approved a summer tournament in Orlando, accepting a “set of economic concessions” for the redesigned 2020 season.

The 26-team league suspended play on March 12 due to the global pandemic, two weeks after the start of its 2020 season.

The MLS Players Association said in a statement on Sunday evening that its members had voted to accept “pay cuts across the pool of players, reduced team and individual bonuses and additional concessions to current and future conditions. of the ABC ”.

“Although it was a difficult vote in incredibly difficult times, it was taken collectively to ensure that players can resume competition as soon as they are able to do so safely,” said the MLSPA. “The file was officially submitted to the league for decision of the owners. “

In February, the league and the MLSPA agreed in principle to a new collective agreement covering five seasons starting in 2020.

But, due to the global pandemic, the agreement never got formal approval from the MLS board of directors and members of the MLSPA. Under the agreement announced on Sunday, the ABC will be extended for one year.

The league declined a request for comment.

With the soccer away, the two sides had wage talks with the league on hiatus.

A source familiar with the talks, not allowed to speak publicly because negotiations have been private, said in April that the league had offered to guarantee players 50% of their annual salary if no other games are played this season .

The pay percentage would increase if more games were played – how much would depend on the number of games and if they were played before the fans.

Players earning less than US $ 100,000 would not be affected. The minimum wage for players on a team’s senior team is $ 81,375 this year. The minimum for those on the reserve list, usually younger players, is $ 63,547.

The MLSPA did not say what it accepted in Sunday’s statement.

The teams received the green light on Monday to begin breakout training, assuming they meet with local and league approval. Toronto FC should take advantage of this Monday.

Previously, teams were limited to voluntary individual training.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 31, 2020.



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