2010 Major League Soccer lockout/strike

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The 2010 Major League Soccer lockout/strike[1] [2] was the first work stoppage in American soccer history.

After two extensions to facilitate additional talks, the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players' union expired February 25, 2010, but the league had said that it would not lockout the players.[3] The union had voted in favor of a strike if a new deal was not reached before the beginning of the season.[4]

Beginning in January 31, it lasted 49 days and as a result, the 2010 season started in March 25 to accommodate the normal 30-game schedule.



The collective bargaining agreement ran through the 2009 season, and the labor agreement expired on January 31, 2010. Progress had been reported in negotiations with the players union, with the major issues reportedly player transfer and guaranteed contacts. The union had accused MLS of failing to abide by international regulations set down by governing body FIFA, but the league denies the charge.

FIFA response[edit]

FIFA said it would not intervene in a labor dispute.[5]


Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Union (MLSPU) announced on March 23, 2010, that they reached agreement in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement covering five seasons, commencing with the 2010 season and continuing through December 31, 2014.[6]


  1. ^ "Is an MLS lockout possible?". Fox Sports. Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Can MLS players 'afford' to strike?". Fox Sports. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ Dure, Beau (March 4, 2010). "MLS: No talks, no posturing despite lack of deal with players". USA Today. Retrieved March 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ Booth, Tim (March 12, 2010). "MLS players say they're unified in labor talks". Associated Press. Archived from the original on March 17, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ "FIFA won't intervene in MLS labor dispute". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ "CBA agreement reached by MLS and MLSPU". The Crew. Retrieved March 23, 2010.