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Garber on new CBA: Players have more movement than intended when MLS started

Though the free agency MLS players negotiated is very restricted, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said that it’s more than anyone ever envisioned in the league.

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MLS season to start on schedule as league, Players Union come to terms on new CBA

MLS and the Players Union have reached a deal on a new CBA, ensuring the 2015 season will start on schedule.

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Evening Ticker: Young strike seals Man United win; PSG reaches Coupe de France semis; and more

Both Manchester teams, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea all seal EPL wins, PSG and Barcelona advance in domestic cups, and Blatter has a stern solution for racism.

Garber on new CBA: Players have more movement than intended when MLS started

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

As collective bargaining agreement talks dragged on, the MLS players union dug its heels and insisted that a deal wouldn’t get done without free agency. Though the agreement that was made Wednesday night still has a number of restrictions on player movement, a form of free agency was indeed acquired.

While the terms of the deal may have fallen well short for some players, MLS commissioner Don Garber said in the immediate aftermath of the agreement that the players are pleased because they have achieved something few thought possible back when the league started 20 years ago.

“I think anytime you have labor negotiations between players and management, there’s so many different issues — everybody’s trying to ensure you can create an agreement that allows everybody to feel good,” Garber told ESPN late Wednesday. “In this case, the players feel good. They’ve got more movement than they’ve had before — more than we probably thought we would provide when this league was launched.”

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Heineman: Palmer-Brown to Juventus ’80-20′ chance to happen

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By TATE STEINLAGE 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The odds look increasingly likely that 17-year-old Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown will make the jump to European soccer with Italian giant Juventus.

In fact, Sporting KC CEO Robb Heineman said Wednesday that there is an “80-20″ chance that the homegrown defender joins Juventus, and that the two clubs have “kind of agreed” on terms of a deal.

While Heineman offered no timetable on a transfer, Palmer-Brown turns 18 on April 24, which would make him eligible for an overseas transfer in accordance with FIFA regulations.

“I’d say it’s an 80-20 thing that it will happen,” Heineman said at Sporting KC media day on Wednesday. “I think (Juventus is) interested, I think the player is interested in going there. I think the way that it would work out, there’s probably pretty good likelihood that we would retain him as a player even if they have ownership of his card.”

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Last American team exits CCL as D.C. United falls to Alajuelense

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

D.C. United may have won the night, but that wasn’t the task at hand. For the lone remaining American team in CONCACAF Champions League, a disastrous 5-2 loss in their first leg against Alajuelense was too much to overcome.

D.C. United exited the competition Wednesday after a 2-1 win at home over their Costa Rican opponent, failing to get the three-goal lead they needed to undo last week’s damage.

With D.C. out, no American teams remain in the CCL field and the Montreal Impact are the final Major League Soccer team left following an upset win over Pachuca on Tuesday.

Though D.C. faltered in the quarterfinal, it wasn’t for lack of taking the match seriously. D.C. fielded a strong first-team squad and coach Ben Olsen was ejected before the first half for some words he had for the referee.

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MLS season to start on schedule as league, Players Union come to terms on new CBA

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By RYAN TOLMICH

It took until the 11th hour, but the 2015 MLS season will begin as scheduled.

Multiple outlets reported via Twitter on Tuesday night that MLS and the Players Union have come to terms on a Collective Bargaining Agreement, with player representative and Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando telling Reuters that a “deal is done.”

MLS confirmed that the two sides have reached an agreement in principle with press release Wednesday night.

“We are pleased to finalize the framework for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with our players,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a statement. “We now enter our 20th season with enormous momentum with our new television partnerships, dynamic star players from the US, Canada and abroad, and two new expansion teams in New York City and Orlando that will debut in front of more than 60,000 fans on Sunday in the Citrus Bowl.

“This agreement will provide a platform for our players, ownership and management to work together to help build Major League Soccer into one of the great soccer leagues in the world.” Continue reading »

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Evening Ticker: Young strike seals Man United win; PSG reaches Coupe de France semis; and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

While it may not be scintillating soccer on display, Manchester United is still finding ways to win.

After 89 minutes of a possession game that produced few good chances, Ashley Young popped up to capitalize on a Newcastle moment of madness and give Man United a 1-0 win. It keeps the Red Devils standing alone in fourth place, two points ahead of Liverpool and one point behind Arsenal in third.

With 69 percent of the possession, Man Untied was always going to produce something. Tim Krul denied the Red Devils a lead just before halftime when he made a point-blank save from Marouane Fellaini’s header.

By then, Newcastle may have deserved the lead. Emmanuel Riviere ran onto a ball inside the Man United penalty area, where he appeared to be fouled by Chris Smalling. The referee refused to give a foul, though replays show he easily could have.

Though Wayne Rooney’s sliced effort from 12 yards can be put down to poor finishing, it was Krul who proved to be the Red Devils’ biggest issue this time. The Dutchman pulled off a double-save just inside the second half to deny Fellaini again, as well as Young.

Persistence paid off with a minute to go, when Rooney forced a back-pass to Krul under heavy pressure. The goalkeeper’s clearance fell straight to Young, who took a touch before firing into an empty net.

The game also marked a return for Jonas Gutierrez for Newcastle, who made his first appearance in 17 months while he underwent cancer treatment.

Here are more news and notes for your Wednesday evening:

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Carli Lloyd brace lifts USWNT in Algarve Cup opener

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By ADAM TROXTELL

While searching for some new faces to inspire the team this summer, the U.S. Women’s National Team received a lift from its older, more reliable squad members.

Carli Lloyd scored twice in the second half to give the USWNT a comeback win against Norway in their Algarve Cup Group B opener, 2-1. Lloyd’s equalizer was a splendid turn and strike from some 20 yards out, and a converted 62nd-minute penalty kick gave the USWNT an early upper hand in what is viewed as an important warm-up to the World Cup.

Early chances for the U.S. came and went, but it was Norway who struck first just before halftime. An unmarked Ada Hegerberg scored her 15th goal for the Norwegians, and the 19-year-old looked to hand her team momentum going into the break.

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