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"Don't Panic"

Seriously, an over-focus and over-passionate fanbase can get riled up. New Media, and Old Media can fall into it as well. In all of our attempts to discover everything, to dig into the dirt looking for gold and finding tin, we sometimes stare too hard, think too much and forget that the Players and League want the same thing - you to pay to go to games.

 

Today you got an 11 day stay of work stoppage.

 

Press Release below the break

NEW YORK(Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010) – Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Union (Players Union) today announced that the two organizations have agreed to continue to negotiate through February 12, as they work towards reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.

 

"While we still have areas of disagreement, the talks have been constructive and both parties believe it makes sense to continue to work hard to reach agreement," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "This extension provides both MLS and the players the opportunity to continue our discussions while clubs are in training camps preparing for the 2010 MLS season."

 

"Both the Players Union and MLS have concluded that a new agreement will not be reached by February 1, but we have agreed to continue to talk and we will be meeting over the next two weeks to determine if a new agreement can be reached," said Players Union Executive Director Bob Foose.  "In the meantime, MLS Players are reporting to training camp, and preparations for the 2010 season will continue."   

 

The current CBA, the first in MLS history, is a five-year agreement that had been scheduled to expire on Jan. 31, 2010.