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  • Meals for MLS players at the Walt Disney World bubble are getting Fyre Fest comparisons

    USA Today "The NBA won't be the only sports league to hold its season restart at the Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando this summer. In fact, MLS teams are already arriving to their accommodations at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort ahead of the MLS is Back Tournament. And players are already..." July 01

  • Baseball's interminable bickering puts MLS in position to pounce this summer

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball’s loss could be Major League Soccer’s gain.  With the Bundesliga season in full swing, La Liga back in action too and the mother of all domestic sports competitions — England’s wildly popular Premier League —..." June 17

  • MLS is Back Tournament to kick off on July 8 in Orlando

    ESPN "Major League Soccer unveiled its plans for returning to play in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with the league set to resume on July 8 with what it is calling the MLS is Back Tournament. All 26 MLS teams will participate in the competition, which will be held at the..." June 10

  • MLS lockout avoided as players, league ratify bargaining agreement to 2025

    ESPN "The MLS Players Association approved a proposal from MLS related to economics in 2020, as well as a modified collective bargaining agreement, the union announced on Wednesday. The approval of the proposal avoids a lockout that had been threatened by MLSand enables the league to..." June 03

  • MLS, players near agreement that should avoid lockout

    The Score "Major League Soccer and the Major League Soccer Players Association reached a "major breakthrough" in negotiations Tuesday that should avoid a potential lockout, as first reported by ESPN's Taylor Twellman. The two parties are close to agreeing to economic..." June 02

  • Lockout looms as MLS push back on latest offer from Major League Soccer Player Association

    ESPN "The Major League Soccer Player Association announced that it voted to approve its latest counteroffer to MLS as it relates to economic concessions for the 2020 season, modifications to the recently agreed upon CBA, and their agreement to participate in a summer tournament in..." June 01

  • Report: MLS Shortening Time Frame of Return-to-Play Tournament Amid COVID-19

    Bleacher Report "Major League Soccer is amending its plans to resume the 2020 season so that its proposed return-to-play tournament would "fit within a shorter time frame," according to ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle. The Athletic's Jeff Rueter reported May 21 that MLS was..." May 28

  • MLS, Players Association continue talks as league makes 10% pay cut proposal

    ESPN "Negotiations between MLS and the MLS Players Association surrounding player compensation continue, with salary cuts, a force majeure clause and revenue sharing among the sticking points. With the league shut down since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, MLS has been..." May 24

  • Gareth Bale ‘rejected by MLS club due to eye-watering wage demands’

    The Sun "GARETH BALE was reportedly rejected by an MLS club due to eye-watering wage demands. The Welshman has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Los Blancos but his £650,000-a-week wages mean that few clubs can afford him. Bale's current contract does not..." May 21

  • Major League Soccer looking at having all teams play in Orlando

    USA Today "Major League Soccer is looking at the possibility of resuming the season this summer with all teams playing in Orlando, Florida. Details of the plan are still under consideration, but the league's 26 teams and limited staff would likely be sheltered in a resort with games played..." May 15

  • MLS eyes June 1 for Orlando training, tourney to start 3-4 weeks later

    ESPN "Major League Soccer's plan to return to play in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is solidifying, with the league proposing a summer tournament in Orlando involving all 26 teams sources confirmed to ESPN. The proposed competition would see players and coaches from all teams head..." May 13

  • MLS proposing all 26 teams come to Orlando to resume season this summer

    Washington Post "With no indications of when it could resume the season in home markets, MLS has proposed placing all 26 teams in the Orlando area this summer and playing competitive matches without spectators at the Disney sports complex and possibly other locations, multiple people familiar with the plan..." May 12

  • Major League Soccer proposes 20 percent pay to players' association

    ESPN "Major League Soccer has made a formal proposal to the MLS Players Association regarding salary reductions due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the league now seeking a 20 percent pay cut across the board, sources told ESPN. The league is also asking the MLSPA to accept additional..." May 11

  • MLS Players Return to Team Facilities For Individual Workouts, Temps Taken

    TMZ "Major League Soccer players are returning to their team's outdoor facilities Wednesday for individual workouts ... and you bet your ass everyone is undergoing medical screenings on the way in. MLS officials say the league worked with medical experts to come up with new safety..." May 06

  • MLS Players Can Restart Individual Workouts on Wednesday

    SportTechie "Major League Soccer will allow players to begin individual workouts at team facilities beginning May 6. The workouts will be voluntary and players will have access to outdoor fields operated by their clubs, unless local government policies prohibit access. This is similar to the NBA’s..." May 04

  • MLS to allow individual player workouts but only under strict rules

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Soccer is easing its training restrictions, allowing clubs to use their practice fields but only for individual workouts and under strict rules.  Team training facilities have been closed, other than for approved rehab, since the league suspended play March..." May 01

  • Major League Soccer extends team training moratorium

    Pro Soccer Talk "With games off until June, it’s logical that Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium until at least May 15. MLS announced the extension Thursday night, saying it expects its players to stay in their respective markets pending special..." April 23

  • Wayne Rooney: MLS owners use trade system to take advantage of players

    The Score "Wayne Rooney is not a fan of the trading system in Major League Soccer, which he believes is unsuitable for the North American game and its players. An incident early in Rooney's D.C. United career didn't sit well with the English legend, who was blindsided by..." April 19

  • Chicago Fire sign goalkeeper Chris Brady to Homegrown deal

    Hot Time In Old Town "The Chicago Fire announced today the club has signed Academy goalkeeper Chris Brady to a Homegrown Player contract. Brady, 16, is the fourth homegrown signing this month. Alex Monis, Javier Casas, and Brian Gutierrez all signed just before the coronavirus hiatus..." March 25

  • An MLS team should rescue Gareth Bale from his Real Madrid nightmare

    Dirty South Soccer "What if I told you one of the world’s most recognizable players, who is just 30 years old, is available on a free transfer? Well, that’s apparently what Gareth Bale’s situation at Real Madrid has deteriorated into. MLS has recently swayed away from buying big-named, aging..." March 21

  • Juan Fernando Quintero isn’t coming to the Chicago Fire

    Hot Time In Old Town "We got our first taste of coronavirus hiatus silly season yesterday, when a report linked Juan Fernando Quintero to the Chicago Fire. It was fun to think about, but a league source tells me there’s no truth to the rumor that Quintero is coming to Chicago. The Fire are..." March 18

  • Major League Soccer extends training shutdown to Friday

    The Score "Major League Soccer has extended its halt on training for all its 26 teams until at least next Friday, the league announced on Sunday. "MLS players are expected to remain in each club's respective market, and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing..." March 16

  • 5 things we learned from MLS opening day 2020

    Yahoo! Sports "2020 Major League Soccer opening day had it all. A late winner, a late equalizer, a victorious debutant, a defeated debutant, and lots of great goals. One things people should avoid is making any broad assumptions about a team’s season from just 90 minutes of action, but we can..." March 01

  • Timeline of Major League Soccer's 25 Years

    New York Times "(Reuters) - A time line of the 25-year history of Major League Soccer: 1993 Dec. 17 - Alan Bothenberg, chairman of World Cup 1994, announces Major League Soccer, with official formation in February 1995.  1994 June - Columbus, Los Angeles, New..." March 01

  • Chicago Fire announce signing of Gastón Giménez

    Hot Time In Old Town "It was on. Then it was off. Then it was back on again. And now, it’s official. Chicago Fire FC announced today that the club has acquired holding midfielder Gastón Giménez. It comes via a transfer from Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in..." February 24

  • Chicago Fire acquire Serbian midfielder Luka Stojanovic

    Hot Time In Old Town "Serbian attacking midfielder Luka Stojanovic is the newest member of the Chicago Fire. The Fire announced today the club has acquired Stojanovic via transfer from Serbian Superliga club FK Cukaricki. Stojanovic, 26, is under contract with the Fire through the 2021..." February 22

  • Chicago Fire sign winger Ignacio Aliseda

    Hot Time In Old Town "Chicago Fire FC announced today the signing of winger Ignacio Aliseda, 19, via a transfer from Superliga Argentina club Defensa y Justicia. Aliseda will occupy a Young Designated Player spot for the team, pending a medical and receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and..." February 20

  • Chicago Fire sign defender Boris Sekulic

    Hot Time In Old Town "Sometimes, transfers come together extremely quickly. Other times, they take time. Lots of time. Such is the case with new Chicago Fire signing Boris Sekulic. It’s been nearly a month since the initial reports about the transfer, and today Chicago Fire FC finally..." February 16

  • Rodolfo Pizarro to join Inter Miami and other MLS news

    Waking The Red "Toronto FC aren’t the only ones making a significant splash lately. As I’m sure you know by now, Major League Soccer has two teams joining the party this season. The most talked about of the two, Inter Miami, seemed to lack acquisitions. After finally naming a head coach,..." February 15

  • Chicago Fire close to signing Ignacio Aliseda

    Hot Time In Old Town "His name has been floating around the rumor mill for a couple weeks, and now it appears the Chicago Fire may actually be close to signing Argentinian attacker Ignacio Aliseda. So, who is he? Aliseda is a left winger for Defensa y Justicia, a mid-table side in the Argentina..." February 14

  • Soccer reacts to Kobe Bryant, daughter deaths

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among several people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, a source confirmed to ESPN. Bryant was 41. Drafted 13th overall in 1996 out of Lower Merion High School outside of Philadelphia, Bryant was a five-time..." January 27

  • MLS Offseason Wrap Up: Chicharito joins the Galaxy as TFC’s rivals improve

    Waking The Red "I know, I know, LA Galaxy news doesn’t really affect us as Toronto FC fans. However, this is the biggest news story in Major League Soccer right now, so we have to touch on it. Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer has joined the Galaxy. Will he produce..." January 25

  • Who is rumored Chicago Fire FC target Boris Sekulic?

    Hot Time In Old Town "It appears the Chicago Fire have their eye on a big right back from Gornik Zabrze in the Polish top division. According to a growing number of reports from Polish news outlets, the Fire are talking to Boris Sekulic about a move to MLS. Fire reporter Guillermo..." January 20

  • Man Utd outcast Nemanja Matic offered £5m-a-year MLS payday by Chicago Fire

    The Sun "Manchester United’s midfield enforcer will be on his way out at the end of his contract this summer. And the exit door may even open in the next few weeks. Chicago plan to make Serbian Matic their ‘designated signing’ and are talking about a..." January 12

  • Five MLS teams report to preseason: Here's how their rosters look today

    MLS News "The five teams qualified for this season's Concacaf Champions League will begin their official preseasons on Saturday, which means real-life games are almost back. LAFC, Atlanta United, NYCFC, Seattle Sounders and Montreal Impact are among those..." January 12