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Major League Soccer and its Players agree on a new 5-year pact

MLS Commissioner Don Garber (MLS)

Courtesy of Major League Soccer and the Columbus Crew

Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Union (MLSPU) announced Saturday that they have reached agreement in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement covering five seasons, commencing with the 2010 season and continuing through December 14, 2014.

MLS Commisioner Don Garber and MLSPU Executive Director Bob Fosse made the announcement via teleconference call, five days before the start of the League’s 15th season.

Says MLS Commissioner Don Garber, “We are very pleased to have reached agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the MLS Players Union. This new agreement allows us to work with our players to continue mutual efforts to build the sport of soccer in North America. We worked hard during the past few months to develop a new agreement that addressed many of the players’ most important issues and look forward to a meaningful and productive new relationship over the next five years.”

The agreement is subject to the approval of the MLS Board of Governors and the membership of the MLSPU.

Major League Soccer’s 15th season kicks off March 25 when the expansion Philadelphia Union travel to Seattle to take on the Sounders FC in a nationally televised match on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN The other 14 MLS teams are in action on March 26 and 27.

Columbus Crew loses to FC Dallas in Exhibition game

Courtesy of  Crew media relations

Saturday evening in Frisco, Texas, The Crew and FC Dallas played a game in the Pioneer Cup Series, which is a tribute in the memory of Lamar Hunt. The first Pioneer Cup was played in Pizza Hut Park in 2007 with Columbus winning 3-0.

Not last night however. Dallas received goals from David Ferreira in the 16th minute and one from Atiba Harris in the 34th minute to win 2-1.

Andy Iro Columbus Crew (Creative Commons photo credit)

The Crew scored when Andy Iro put one into the back of the net in the 62nd minute. He was assisted by Emilio Renteria and Gino Padula.


The Crew announced recently, the signing of 23-year-old defender Shaun Francis to a developmental contract.

Francis was selected by the Crew in the fourth round (#63 overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft after a three-year career at Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.). While at Lindsey Wilson, Francis totaled 61 appearances, while scoring seven goals with nine assists. During his senior season, he captained the Blue Raiders to the 2009 NAIA National Championship, while tallying three goals and four assists. He was also named to the Mid-South Conference First Team in 2008.

Francis, as a native of Jamaica, he will occupy one of the club’s international player spots.

Soccer News: Ronaldo retiring after 2011

compiled from staff and wire reports

One of the prolific scorers in the world and 21st century will soon go down in history like his fellow countryman, Pele.

Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo says he will retire after the 2011 season. He recently signed a 2-year contract extension.

The 33-year old striker plans to play two more seasons with Corinthians before putting an end to a successful career of more than 17 years.

Ronaldo was the FIFA player of the year in 1996, 1997, and 2002. He helped Brazil win the World Cup in 1994 and 2002.

Ronaldo (EPL)

MLS will start season under expired union contract

compiled from staff and wire reports

Major League Soccer will be starting the upcoming 2010 season, it’s 15th overall, under the rules of its expired labor contract.

Training camps have started, and the season opener is scheduled for March 25, when the expansion Philadelphia Union will play at Seattle. The MLS informed the union of its decision in January, putting the burden on the players whether to strike for the first time.

The Players want increased freedom of movement within the league and don’t like that most contracts are not guaranteed.


The Crew ready for Arizona part of preseason camp

Jason Garey The Crew

By Stuart Mason

MSN Staff Writer

America’s hardest working team, The Columbus Crew, is set to wrap up its Florida leg of preseason camp. The defending Eastern Conference regular season champions have had a fine camp with 11 different goal scorers and a Jason Garey hat trick.

The Crew will be off for Arizona, where among its preseason matches will be a February 27 match vs. Chivas USA. They are slated to return Columbus on March 5, where it will prepare for the first leg of its CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal vs. Toluca of Mexico

The Black & Gold will open the MLS regular season, it’s 15th overall and 12th in the first-of-its-kind Crew Stadium, when it hosts torontofc in the first leg of the Trillium Cup on Saturday, March 27.

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