A possible Major League Soccer work stoppage was averted on Thursday, Feb. 6 when the MLS Players Association, MLS and the league’s owners agreed in principle to a new five-year collective bargaining agreement.
Pro Soccer USA’s Glenn Crooks had a conversation with a member of the 85-player MLSPA bargaining committee, New York City FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver.
Stuver said that a more organized group of players, plus a more cooperative collection of owners led to an agreement a day before the extended deadline – Feb. 7.
“I think the league opening their books to us, being as transparent as possible gave us the ability to look at how the league is doing and base out negotiations off what we believe where the league is at right now,” Stuver said.
The NYCFC player representative said that a strike was still possible until the latter stages of the talks.
“It wasn’t really until the last couple of weeks where we felt we could truly get a deal done that was good for both parties,” Stuver said. “Up until a few weeks ago we were telling all the guys that everything was going to be prepped and everything about the strike is still happening.”