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Tentative agreement on new collective bargaining agreement reached

Agreement will be sent to players for ratification over the weekend



Philadelphia Union fans fearing the potential for a lockout impacting the 2021 MLS season can breathe a huge sigh of relief.

A tentative agreement between the MLS Players Association and the league on a new collective bargaining agreement was reached Friday night with a vote by the players and the league’s board of governors still to come.

The terms were ironed out Friday after the previous Thursday deadline was extended another 24 hours.

Once ratified, the agreement will be effective through the 2027 season.

Friday’s news follows a tenuous week with a potential lockout looming and an organized effort from the Sons of Ben and other supporters groups around the league calling for an end to the impasse. Players associations from the NBA, MLB and NFL also voiced their public support for the players.

Barring a major setback, this means the Philadelphia Union will be able to open training camp on February 22 and prepare for the start of the season Easter Weekend followed by their first Concacaf Champions League match a few days later.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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