MLS and MLSPU Reach Agreement On New CBA

5-Year Collective Bargaining Agreement Paves Way for Season

 

NEW YORK (March 20, 2010) – Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Union (MLSPU) today announced that they have reached a five-year agreement in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement, commencing with the 2010 season and continuing through December 31, 2014. The deal is subject to the approval of the MLS Board of Governors and the membership of the MLSPU. 

“We're very pleased that management and the players were able to find a positive solution and we can now continue building Major League Soccer together,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “We're very happy for Philadelphia Union fans and now they will be able to enjoy our historic season. Years of hard work and anticipation are just five days away from culminating in our first game ever against Seattle Sounders FC. With CBA concerns now out of the way, Game On.”

The concluding phase of the negotiations was conducted under the auspices of George Cohen, Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

“We are very pleased to have reached agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the MLS Players Union,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “This new agreement allows us to work with our players to continue our 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.”

“I would like to thank the players and the leadership of the Union for their involvement and commitment to the collective bargaining process as well as our fans for their patience as we worked together to reach an agreement,” Garber said. “I also want to thank George Cohen for his expertise in assisting the parties though mediation.”

"The Union is happy with this agreement as it addresses the core issue of players' rights and we look forward to working cooperatively with the League going forward," said Bob Foose, Executive Director of the Union.

Philadelphia Union’s first-ever First Kick will take place March 25, 2010 vs. Seattle Sounders FC at Seattle’s Qwest Field. On April 10, 2010, the clubOn June 27, 2010, Philadelphia Union will open PPL Park vs. Seattle Sounders FC.

Individual and Group Tickets On Sale

Individual tickets and group tickets (10 or more) for Philadelphia Union’s first two home games are on sale now. The two matches will be played at Lincoln Financial Field, including the club’s Home Opener against D.C. United on April 10th at 6:00pm and a match against FC Dallas on May 15th at 4:00pm. CLICK HERE for details. 

ABOUT KEYSTONE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, is the Philadelphia Union ownership group. It is comprised of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iStar Financial Jay Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Christopher and Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of The Buccini/Pollin Group, Swarthmore Group’s Jim Nevels (Chairman) and Paula Mandle (CEO), and Philadelphia attorney William Doran. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com

ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. MLS kicks off its 15th season on March 25, 2010. MLS features 16 clubs each playing 30 regular season matches in 2010. Those teams include Chicago Fire; Colorado Rapids; Chivas USA; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; Kansas City Wizards; Los Angeles Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; 2009 MLS Cup Champion Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Toronto FC; and, in their inaugural season, Philadelphia Union. Expansion teams in Vancouver and Portland will debut in 2011. For more information about MLS, log on to the League’s official website at www.mlsnet.com

ABOUT THE MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER PLAYERS UNION
The Major League Soccer Players Union, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is the exclusive bargaining representative for all Major League Soccer players. For more information about the Players Union, log on to its website at www.mlsplayers.org