In an effort to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, the MLS and the MLS Players Union will continue to negotiate through February 12, 2010 and I’m hoping they can come to some sort of reasonable compromise.
Commissioner Don Garber said: "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. 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."
Players Union Executive Director, Bob Foose, added: "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. In the meantime, MLS Players are reporting to training camp, and preparations for the 2010 season will continue."
It’s not surprising, though, that this is taking some time and effort on both sides. I’m sure the players and the club owners will be glad when this is all resolved.