It is not hard to tell how bad the negotiations are going between Major League Soccer and the players union. Not long after the players expressed disappointment in the dealings, the league responds with some words of its own.
The man in front of the microphone was MLS president Mark Abbott:
“We have made a proposal that would guarantee a significant number of contracts, not all contracts, but a significant number of them,” Abbott said. “We made a proposal that would limit the number of team-allowable options that we have in player contracts.
“To characterize the league as not taking the players’ concerns seriously is just factually incorrect. What we have not made a proposal on and what the league is not prepared to do is to have free agency within the league. The league created its structure after really studying other efforts to launch professional soccer leagues in the United States, which unfortunately failed.”
Again, not hard to tell things are going bad when the two sides in the negotiations are talking to the media. Yeesh. You might become a fan of a second-tier team, if you want to be guaranteed something to do this summer.
Here are some links:
— The team website has a cool profile on technical director Chris Henderson. Here’s a site that ponders some formation ideas.
— Landon Donovan and Everton beat Manchester United 3-1 on Saturday. Also, one Galaxy player is still bummed out over what happened in Seattle last season.
— Some national team news, Brad Evans was named to the U.S. traveling roster for a friendly against El Salvador in Tampa on Wednesday. The L.A. Times writes about recent good news for the USMNT. Finally, here’s a story on Maurice Edu‘s return to the field after some injuries.