Major League Soccer threatens player lockout over collective bargaining dispute

Jacob Myers, The Columbus Dispatch
Published 1:51 p.m. ET June 1, 2020 | Updated 6:30 p.m. ET June 1, 2020

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Major League Soccer has pushed back against the MLS Players Association’s counterproposal regarding changes to the collective bargaining agreement, and the league threatened a lockout if the players union does not accept MLS’ offer by noon Tuesday, according to reports.

The Columbus Dispatch was able to independently confirm the story through a person with knowledge of the situation who was granted anonymity to speak about the private negotiations.

In response to the league’s approach, the person confirmed to The Dispatch that players across MLS are refusing to show up Monday for voluntary individual workouts ahead of the league’s attempted resumption of the 2020 season.

After weeks of debate between the league and the players about how the suspended season would resume, the union approved a plan that would have all 26 MLS teams take part in a tournament in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World…

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