In this episode of On Frame, Pro Soccer USA’s Glenn Crooks talks with New York City FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver about the ongoing negotiations between Major League Soccer players and investor-operators with the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire in less than three months.
Stuver is a member of the bargaining committee for the Major League Soccer Players’ Association and one of three player representatives for New York City.
One of the top priorities for the players is the elimination targeted allocation money (TAM) and the restrictions that come with it.
“The problem becomes, will the owners be willing to spend more money if there is no TAM, or is TAM actually helping?” Stuver said. “Me personally, I would want the money to be in one pool, and then I can spend it how I want instead of having those restrictions. If the GMs and the clubs don’t make the most of that money, then that’s on them.”
Stuver suggested a more reasonable free agency threshold will be a strong consideration for the players.
“Obviously, it’s not going to happen overnight to have unrestricted free agency,” he said. “But this is one of those times that the player pool is very solidified on this issue.”
In addition to CBA negotiations, Stuver shared his thoughts on the departure of City head coach Dome Torrent. NYCFC and Torrent announced Friday their agreement to part ways. The coach had vented frustration over roster restrictions and other structural issues within the league in recent weeks.
“It was a culture shock for Dome to come into MLS after spending so much time in Europe,” Stuver said.