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On Frame: CBA talk with MLSPA executive board member Eric Miller

‘We are prepared for a work stoppage if necessary, and that is our biggest bargaining chip,” the NYCFC fullback said.

New York City FC fullback Eric Miller sits on the executive board of the Major League Soccer Players Association. Miller sat down with Pro Soccer USA’s Glenn Crooks and discussed some of the players’ priorities with the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire before the start of the 2020 season.

Miller explained the players will push for a more flexible salary structure in the next CBA. He believes part of that consideration should be the elimination of both targeted and general allocation money.

“I think that three-letter acronyms [TAM and GAM] are not going to help the league grow any more,” he said. “It’s time to let teams decide how they’re going to spend their money.”

The MLSPA has been criticized by some for too easily giving in to the demands of league ownership during previous CBA negotiations. Miller said that will not happen this time.

“It’s the most prepared we’ve ever been, it’s the most organized we’ve ever been and the most unified we’ve ever been as a group,” he said. “We are prepared for a work stoppage if necessary, and that is our biggest bargaining chip.”

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