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Players vote to strike before opener

Major League Soccer's players voted overwhelmingly to strike effective 12:01 a.m. March 23 if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached with the league.

The MLS regular season is scheduled to begin March 25, with the Sounders hosting the expansion Philadelphia Union.

Here is a statement released by Bob Foose, the Union’s Executive Director:

“Recent comments from players simply reflect the fact that the players are unified and, per the results of our strike vote, will not begin the new season if a new agreement with the league is not reached. This is not a change in position by the Union and should not be read to reflect in any way upon what has, or has not, occurred this week in the meetings with the mediator and the league.”

Here's a report on the situation.