The back-and-forth between Major League Soccer and the players union continued on Sunday. The most recent update came from the union, which countered some claims by the league.
One thing that is important to know is there will be no lockout, from what I understand. MLS has offered to continue through the start of the regular season without a new collective bargaining agreement, which means a potential work stoppage would be a strike by the players, who haven’t yet responded to that statement from the league.
In other stories on the topic, Columbus Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer weighed in, and here’s an interesting and optimistic view on the matter from someone with a legal background.
Here are some other links:
— Around the league, here’s our game story on the Sounders FC 2-0 win over Stabaek in the La Manga Cup. Though the headline on the league website might have had the best headline: “The Man of La Manga” in reference to Freddie Ljungberg. Here’s another update on ex-Sounder Sebastien Le Toux, who had some kind words for Seattle. Also, sounds like four MLS teams have agreed to participate in a tournament hosted by ESPN later this week.
— On the national level, the USMNT got a warm welcome arriving in Tampa for the upcoming El Salvador friendly. Additionally, Lee Nguyen — who has seen some time with the national team — was dropped by his Vietnamese team. Could he be headed to MLS?
— In some partly obscure links, the top Swiss forward Alexander Frei has a broken arm, which could put a familiar name in the spotlight: Blaise Nfuko. Finally, Sven-Goran Eriksson has been linked to the open position as head coach of the Nigerian national team.
Before you go, Sounders FC fans were encouraged by the team’s offensive display on Sunday. Here are a couple more arguments in favor of taking shots from distance.
Which one of these is best? Via 101 Great Goals.
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