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MLS Work-Stoppage Averted

Dude...the absolute last thing the MLS needs right now is a work-stoppage. U.S. soccer is still riding the massive wave of popularity following the transformative 2014 World Cup which ignited or re-ignited the latent soccer passions of thousands...hundreds of thousands...millions!...of American fans and got us interested in MLS and world soccer all over again, hastening the day when we can actually, truly call ourselves a World Soccer Power.

Thus, it's really, really good for the sport that cooler heads prevailed in these labor talks and found a way to move forward. The details? Basically, until yesterday the MLS had no free-agency, meaning players were at the mercy of the whims of the MLS and could be sent to any team at any time. Now they've instituted at least partial free agency for players over the age of 28 who've played in the league for eight years and have lived in a state west of the Mississippi for three consecutive years or more than 1/10 of their lives, whichever is less... All I know is: MLS = good; no MLS = bad. Play on...

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