MLS avoids strike with 5-year CBA

March 20, 2010
NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer and its players signed an agreement in principle Saturday on a five-year labor contract that avoided a strike scheduled before next week's season opener.

Negotiators began intensive talks Thursday in Washington, D.C., and the deal was signed shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, about 5½ hours before the opening of $200 million Red Bull Arena, the league's latest showpiece stadium.

"This can all be a positive relationship going forward," Los Angeles ...

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