The long winter of MLS and the players debating a new CBA is finally put to rest as the two have officially agreed to the new deal that will extend into the 2027 season. Now we can finally get excited about preseason camps starting later this month (in like two weeks!) and the start of the new season in April.
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Report: FC Dallas midfielder Brandon Servania to go on loan in Austria - Big D Soccer
Looks like Servenia will be the next FC Dallas player to go on loan in Europe. Part of me is really happy for this one as there is a log-jam of players in his roster spot at FCD. The other part of me would still rather see him play here in 2021.
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MLS & MLSPA ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement | MLSsoccer.com
Major League Soccer announced Monday that the league and the MLS Players Association has finalized a new Collective Bargaining Agreement covering the next seven years through 2027. Check out the league also giving us salary cap numbers for the first time like this.
MLS players ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement | ESPNFC
Here are some more breakdowns of some of the key nuggets in the new CBA.
MLS CBA explained: Who won and when the season starts – The Athletic
With a collective bargaining agreement now set, MLS avoids a lockout, but the players probably aren't happy with the deal.
Orlando City SC's Oscar Pareja and Luiz Muzzi look to replicate success with FC Dallas academy | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com
You know it is only a matter of time before Orlando is pumping out talent like FC Dallas thanks to Pareja and Muzzi.
CF Montréal's globetrotting offseason aimed to add competition, flexibility for Thierry Henry | MLSsoccer.com
Montreal found talent in nearly every part of the globe this winter.
Austin FC planning for June 2021 Q2 Stadium opener, early spring completion | MLSsoccer.com
So while the stadium is nearly done and could be in time for April the grounds and facilities around it won't be causing some delay in their opening. I guess wait and get it right is one thing but putting an expansion team on the road for the first two or so months of the season is a tall ask.
US Open Cup 2021: US Soccer’s plan, format for competition - Sports Illustrated
After the cancellation of the 2020 competition, the USOC is slated to return in 2021 in a compressed format. With fewer teams to boot.