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March 11, 2010 at 12:15 AM

Two more days of CBA talks down, links and notes

Time to talk collective bargaining agreement again. It’s hard to tell how negotiations with the mediator have gone the last couple days, but both sides have agreed to keep talking.
It is also unsure when talks will resume, but the regular season is nearly here. One player, Toronto FC’s Nick Garcia, intimated a strike could be near if there’s no deal by March 25, the date of the season opener.

“We are united as a union and if we need to strike, we will,” declared Garcia, one of TFC’s two union reps.
Garcia added later: “We’re anticipating not having the season starting [on time]. As of now, for us, we’re very far apart — even with the mediator there in D.C. We’re hoping things can get done, but quite frankly I don’t think we’re confident things will.”
Beginning the season under the terms of the expired CBA, as per Garber’s suggestion, is not an option, according to Garcia.
“We’re not prepared do that,” the Toronto defender stated. “That’s one thing we are not going to [do]. We are prepared and willing to not start the season with the current CBA.”

Not sounding good. But what can you do, right? Let’s get to some other links:

How’s this for a closing video? In this clip one player sets up a penalty kick and then turns his back. Out of nowhere his teammate sprints up and takes the shot!

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