Players seem to be holding their ground on two main issues - salaries and free agency. They're upset with the current structure and they're speaking out.
I took a crack at talking about the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement situation. http://t.co/CnYMK0gmvS(Warshaw: "You guys, you just made $4 million on the advertisement I wear across my chest, I shouldn't have to ask five times to get my $500 moving expenses reimbursed.")
— Bobby Warshaw (@bwarshaw14) January 16, 2015
With only 38 days left until the 2015 season begins the players hold all the leverage, and based on what they're saying and posting to social media, a strike seems imminent.
Former MLSer Bobby Warshaw told us why he thinks MLS may be headed for a work stoppage. Here's what some of the current players think.
Gonzalez says MLS players “are prepared to go on strike” if new CBA can’t be agreed to before 2015 season starts in March.
— Doug McIntyre (@DougMacESPN) January 20, 2015
I wonder if Giovinco knows that he will literally make more money in 2 days than some of his teammates will the entire year @MLS
— Harry Shipp (@championShipp11) January 20, 2015
Just asked Michael Bradley if free agency was an issue worth striking over in current CBA negotiations. "Absolutely." #mls #tfc
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 22, 2015
I agree completely with Michael Bradley. It is time that #MLS must have free agency
— Álvaro Saborío (@al_saborio) January 22, 2015
MLSPU: "We remain very far apart on important issues." #MLS http://t.co/afP6QEzCis pic.twitter.com/svP6XzUIk1
— Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) January 22, 2015
After being a part of the #CBA talks last time, I get a real sense this group of players is ready/confident enough to strike 4 FreeAgency.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) January 22, 2015
Orlando City GK Tally Hall goes in depth on MLS CBA talks. Does no free agency mean work stoppage? Bluntly: "Yes." http://t.co/YQIAGeFwne
— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) January 23, 2015
.@ToddDunivant: "Free agency has to be in this deal for the players to play on opening day." #Unity2015 http://t.co/IgooClPKRV
— MLS Players Union (@MLSPlayersUnion) January 24, 2015
The thought of having to fight for players who bled for and built MLS to simply get paid what they're worth is embarrassing #FreeAgency
— Mike Magee (@magee9) January 27, 2015
#SJEarthquakes players union rep Clarence Goodson talks #MLS CBA negotiations: "We are certainly prepared to strike." http://t.co/K6qkV3XmbDA few more words from Warshaw on wages earned...
— Robert Jonas (@robertjonas) January 27, 2015