Let’s be clear. There is time to reach an agreement and both sides are willing and open to meeting at the bargaining table, even if there seems to be a stalemate right now.
But something has to give at some point.
Some things to ponder:
-MLS, according to an unnamed source, wants a five-year deal for the next CBA.
-For all intents and purposes, it appears the Sounders FC ownership has tried to be fair with the players but is keeping its distance from the negotiations.
-There was an issue between players, owners and the league when the Sounders played Chelsea and FC Barcelona. The players negotiated a per-player bonus for appearing in the friendlies and the owners agreed to pay those sums. But I’m told that the league intervened and at that time blocked the payment of those bonuses by the team, and that some players are still wondering where their bonus money is.
-Let’s not forget that USL, the rogue NASL and MLS are all on shaky ground right now. Which makes it more imperative that a lockout be avoided.
Said players union rep James Riley: “We’re not concerned at the moment because we’re doing everything right…We feel very strong with our stand. We told guys throughout the year to be ready for a lockout.”