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CBA Update: Players get FIFAPro backing, both sides remain hopeful

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The clock is ticking on a new season.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Things are certainly getting down to the wire and Sunday could be a make or break day in the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions. The MLS Players Union and the league will meet again on Sunday in Washington, along with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services, in hopes to hammer out enough details to save the start of the 2015 season.

Reuters is reporting that the Player's Union now has the backing from FIFAPro, the global organization that represents players.

"The principle of free agency is one we support wholeheartedly," said FIFpro spokesman Andrew Orsatti.

"We stand by our colleagues in the United States who are presently locked in this battle which we want to see end of course favourably for the players but also in a manner which guarantees a fair and reasonable balance between all parties."

For what it is worth, FIFAPro backed the players in the last CBA battle in 2010.

The report also states that MLS Commissioner Don Garber is still hopeful that the two sides work towards an agreement to avoid a work stoppage.

One player told ESPNFC.com that they expect a full week of talks but the players too want to get things done on time as well.

When asked if he was packing for a full week of talks, Dunivant said, "Yeah, we're ready to do whatever it takes. We obviously have our principles and we have what we're fighting for, and the league -- you heard the commissioner's comments -- they want to get a deal done too as well. It's going to be an interesting week."

"We're still talking," he said. "I think last time it was a similar situation where it went down to the wire, and I don't think anybody expected anything differently. We've got a long way to go and a lot of work to do. Both sides know that going into this week."

We will certainly keep a look out for any new related CBA discussion to pass along to you all this week. Hopefully something gets sorted out enough to where players will play this coming weekend.

What do you think about the recent comments? Will something get done on time?