With the final whistle of MLS Cup last night came an unofficial beginning to the 2010 Major League Soccer season.
The first order of business comes today, when the 15 existing MLS teams must submit their lists of 11 players each who will be protected in the Philadelphia Union expansion draft on Wednesday.
However, looming over all other off-season issues is the renegotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement with the players. The current CBA expires on Jan. 21.
Commissioner Don Garber has said he is optimistic, while acknowledging that the agreement will be difficult.
Sounders FC player representative James Riley has said the union’s top issue is freedom of movement for the players.