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February 23, 2010 at 11:36 PM

The 11th hour of CBA talks, links and notes

Reminder tomorrow that the Sounders FC reserves take on FC Midtjylland of Denmark in a 60-minute training game early this morning. There won’t be able broadcast or live blog, so we’ll have to wait for the team report.
But reserve games and practice reports pale in comparison to the dark cloud hanging over the league right now. The deadline for a new collective bargaining agreement is Thursday, Feb. 25. A deal at this point seems unlikely. An extension, even more so. Certainly last-second deals in this type of situation are common, but the hour is nearing and we are closer than ever to a work stoppage.
In fact, Major League Soccer and the players union didn’t even meet on Tuesday. Though, according to reports, the Monday talks were quite negative, but you have to think the silent treatment isn’t any better. A story on ESPN.com says a strike might be the players’ only option. Even CONCACAF is keeping an eye on things, as the regional Champions League tournament would be affected.
Though, as the final say for now, I want to say that no one outside of the negotiations really knows what’s going on.
So cross your fingers.
Here are some links:

If you have some time for videos, be sure to check out this compilation of guys displaying (or showboatting) their skill.

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