Breaking Point

Work stoppage the only option for players' union?

February 23, 2010
By Jeff Carlisle, Special to ESPNsoccernet


After a weekend in which MLS and its players' union traded insults, charges and countercharges regarding negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, there was one issue in which some clarity was achieved. Any work stoppage that takes place will have to be initiated by the union.

The fireworks began on Friday, with players going public about what they perceived as the lack of seriousness on the part of league negotiators to address the issues most important to them. ...

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