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:
- Here’s my story exploring the Seattle-Portland rivalry with some great quotes. Is it the best rivalry in the country?
- Also, I said on my Twitter feed that I’d have a Taylor Graham update. Expect one Thursday afternoon.
- Not a lot of other links out there, but here are some: a couple Dynamo stars have hurting hamstrings, San Jose beat Tottenham reserves and here’s a look at some teams vying to host the MLS Cup.
- USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard is giving newcomer Jermaine Jones — who many fans have been eagerly awaiting a debut — a vote of confidence.
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!