The MLS' 15th season will begin as scheduled next week. Management and players approved a new collective bargaining agreement around noon Saturday, allowing the league's single-entity structure to remain intact but also allowing some freedom of movement and providing overall salary increases, plus guaranteed contracts for "most" of the 400-plus players.
"This is a monumental moment," said Revolution forward Taylor Twellman, who drew on the experiences of his father and uncles, who played in the North American Soccer League, and grandfather, a New York Yankee player before baseball free agency. "A lockout or a strike would have hurt the momentum we have built up and neither side wanted that.
"We won't know how big this day is until we look back many years from now and say on March 20, 2010 we struck a deal. This starts the process, and down the road, players' rights and free agency will evolve."
Update: 8:29 p.m.
The MLS was kind enough to provide us with video interviews from some of the participants and interested parties from the negotiation process. Here's MLS star Landon Donovan talking about the agreement.
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