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MLS SUMMER SIGNINGS: Henry Denies Red Bull Move

May 17, 2010

So sad, no deal yet.

MLS SUMMER SIGNINGS: Henry Denies Red Bull Move

Reports over the weekend that French International Superstar Thierry Henry had all but moved to Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bull may have been a bit premature. Henry denied a move to Red Bull and stated today that his footballing future consists of nothing more than this summers World Cup, and intimated he would put off any decisions regarding his future until after the tournament comes to a close in July.

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US OPEN CUP: UPDATED SCORES AND SCHEDULE

May 5, 2010

US OPEN CUP UPDATE:

DATES SET FOR DC UNITED – REAL SALT LAKE & NEW YORK RED BULL-NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

Six United States based Major League Soccer teams (Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles Galaxy and defending Champions Seattle Sounders) have already qualified for the 2010 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup but there are still two spots up for grabs. Those spots are being contested by the nine remaining US based teams. Last week, New York Red Bull eliminated Philadelphia Union last week and DC United did the same to FC Dallas for the second time in as many years. Highlights of the latter match can be seen here.

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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE CBA

March 24, 2010

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE CBA

Here are the details of Major League Soccer’s agreement with the MLS Players Union.  Some of the ‘players rights’ and ‘quality of life’ issues that the players were so adamant about are included in the deal but not mentioned here as the details are likely still being worked out. These include issues such as meals, hotel accommodations, reimbursement for relocation costs due to trades and some type of compensation for player appearances. The agreement is subject to the approval of the MLS Board of Governors and the membership of the Players Union.  Here are the details.

GUARANTEED CONTRACTS: The CBA provides for guaranteed contracts for all players who are at least 24 years old with three years of MLS service.  The majority of the players in the League will have guaranteed contracts each season.

SALARY BUDGET: An increase of the salary budget from $2.315 million per club in 2009 to $2.55 million in 2010 (10.15%) and an increase of 5% per year thereafter.

An increase of the minimum salary for senior roster players from $34,000 in 2009 to $40,000 in 2010 (17.64%) and an increase of 5% per year thereafter.

PLAYER MOVEMENT: While there will be no bidding by MLS clubs against each other for out-of-contract players, the League will establish a “re-entry draft” for players who are out of contract. Although the specific parameters of that draft are being finalized, it will address players in each of the following categories:
Option Not Exercised
A player who is at least 23 years old with three years of MLS service and whose option is not exercised will be placed in a re-entry draft and made available to all clubs at his option salary.

Contract Terminated
A player who is at least 22 years old with one year of MLS service and who is asked to take a pay cut after contract termination will be placed in a re-entry draft and made available to all clubs at his current salary.

Contract Expires
A player who is at least 30 years old with eight years of MLS service and whose contract has expired will be placed in a re-entry draft unless his team makes him a qualified offer that must be at least 105% of his last salary. If placed in the re-entry draft, the player will be made available to all clubs at a salary equal to 105% of his last salary.

A player who is at least 25 years of age with at least four years of MLS service whose contract has expired will be placed in a re-entry draft unless his team offers him a base salary of at least as much as the base salary paid to him in the last year of his contract. If placed in the re-entry draft, the player will be made available to all clubs at a salary equal to the salary in the final year of his contract.

OPTIONS IN PLAYER CONTRACTS: A limit on the number of options in player contracts to two for players who are at least 25 years old with four years of MLS service.  Contracts for all other players may have up to three options.

For players whose annual compensation is less than $125,000, the minimum increase in base salary will be 10% for players who play in at least 66% of his club’s games and 12.5% for players who play in at least 75% of his club’s games.

PLAYER BENEFITS: The CBA includes a package of benefits that include increases in 401K contributions by the League, appearance fees, per diem when travelling and relocation expense reimbursement. Among the additional player benefits in the CBA are full health care benefits for every player and his family at no cost, 401(k) contributions and expanded insurance benefits.
BONUSES FOR WINS AND EXHIBITIONS: The CBA includes a package of bonuses for wins in MLS games and international tournaments as well as appearance fees for international exhibitions.

GROUP LICENSE: The League and Players Union reached agreement on an extension of the Group License that will run through 2015 (a year longer than the CBA).

RESERVE DIVISION: MLS and the Players Union will establish a joint committee to study the re-launch of a Reserve Division. In the event the rosters are expanded, the salary for those players will be a minimum of $31,250 with additional annual increases.

THE OFF-SEASON PART ONE 2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTRACT

March 21, 2010

THE OFF-SEASON PART ONE 2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTRACT It is only fair that we begin this look back at the off-season by addressing the one issue that may just have prolonged it. After a long and sometimes bitter battle the MLS Players Union and the League hashed out the major points of a new five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement, or CBA. The sides were never really close together on this agreement.

The players were constantly reminding us that the Union’s biggest grievance was ‘players rights’ and not a simple rise in pay. Basic freedom of movement and guaranteed contracts were the factors that defined ‘players rights’. The League, for their part insisted that what the players wanted was akin to Free Agency, something MLS regularly insisted was not even on the table for discussion.

The perfect example of the players grumblings was the Kevin Hartman situation. Hartman was essentially waived or cut by the Kansas City Wizards. Unlike other leagues, when Hartman was cast loose he was not free to sign with another team. KC still held his ‘rights’. Another team had to ‘acquire’ his rights in order to sign him. So as the Hartman story unfolded, FC Dallas made a trade for his rights and subsequently signed the MLS standout. The Union stressed that when a player is let go they should have the power to negotiate with other teams. The League feels this is Free Agency, which is something that MLS cannot allow at this stage in its existence.

This process dragged out forcing both sides to set new deadlines and continue negotiations. An in dependent arbitrator stepped in to help both sides avert a work stoppage, but even so the Players had voted to strike on this coming Monday if the issues were not resolved. They eventually were, thankfully as a work stoppage in a year that featured a World Cup, a new franchise, and two new soccer specific stadia would have been horrible for both sides, and of course the fans.

If you followed the CBA battle over the last few months you know how exhausting and frustrating it was to be a fan. Bloggers, journalists and podcasters alike toiled through it getting every scrap of news they could. Kudos to the It’s Called Football, American Soccer Show and MLSTalk podcasts which regularly had on guests that tried to shed a little light on the process, also the invaluable blogs Soccer by Ives and Soccer Insider. More details on this in the coming days as specifics of the deal become available.

Next in the Off-season wrap-up, a look at the changes regarding stadiums around MLS