The battle lines are being drawn. On the one side you have Major League Soccer players. On the other: MLS owners, led by commissioner Don Garber. The players appear to be led by Landon Donovan and Kasey Keller, who made the union’s stance clear in a recent statement from FIFPro, which represents soccer players internationally. At issue: What the players say are “basic rights” of free movement among clubs, which they say is prohibited by the league’s structure. MLS has vigorously defended this structure “that has provided stability and growth during the last 15 years while creating opportunity for the sport,” while pointing out that federal U.S. courts have effectively rubber-stamped its legality. It will all come to a head by Jan. 31, when the collective bargaining agreement expires.
MLS fans have been keeping abreast of every development and sit on pins and needles hoping the league does not suffer the same fate as its various predecessors. There is no question that a strike or lockout would be highly detrimental for the sport in this country–perhaps even fatal to MLS. But whose side are the fans on? Why not put it to a vote. Pick one of the three options in the poll and defend your choice in the comment area below it.
Special thanks to cartoon artist John Zidar. You can follow John on Twitter.