Soccer: MLS and union sign 5-year labor deal
By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK — Major League Soccer and its players have signed a five-year labor contract that avoids a strike scheduled for next week.
The MLS Players Union had said it would strike if an agreement wasn’t reached before March 25, when the expansion Philadelphia Union are to open the league schedule at Seattle.
Negotiators began intensive talks Thursday in Washington, D.C. A deal was signed shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday.