MLS players sticking together

MLS players are unified as the negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement continue.

MLS players are unified as the negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement continue.

The Players’ Union and the league have not yet agreed on labor talks as the playing community are set to strike on the eve of the 2010 MLS season if things don’t change soon.

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller said the strike wasn’t occurring because players want more money but that it is a question of rights.

“This is truly a case of guys who could make more money going out and getting a job, but they're trying to live out the dream," Keller said.

"I understand where the league was coming from five, 10 years ago when it was up against the wall if we were going to still have a league," Keller added. "That's now no longer the case and some of the things they were able to get away with just can't happen anymore."

Sounders veteran Peter Vagenas added that what was good for the players would in turn be a positive for the league as a whole.

"It's something that everyone needs to realize that this thing being positive for the players in the end is positive for the league, which in the end is positive for the owners," Vagenas said. "Because quite frankly the rest of the world looks at some of the rules and regulations we abide by and it sort of adds to the stereotype of this league not being top quality."

And Vagenas said he was disappointed things between the Players’ Union and the league had not moved on at all in the past few months.

"I'm quite frankly shocked to see it still at this point with the league still dragging its feet," Vagenas said. "We're very much behind the rest of the world, rest of the leagues in terms of players rights. ... We understand the sport in this country isn't the NFL, but at the same time there are certain rights players should have and we don't have."