Mar 7, 2020; Commerce City, Colorado, USA; A general view of the game ball before a match between the Colorado Rapids and the Orlando City SC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

MLS players skip training after lockout warning

Earlier on Monday, Jeff Carlisle of ESPN reported that Major League Soccer owners could sanction a lockout as soon as Tuesday at noon ET after rejecting the latest proposal from the MLS Players Association to restart the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

It appears the players delivered a response to that story.

The Athletic's Paul Tenorio reported that all MLS players agreed to skip voluntary practice sessions on Monday. Tenorio added that owners were using the current sports landscape to alter the collective bargaining agreement between the two sides past 2020:

Minnesota United winger Ethan Finlay responded that players were using the first day of the midweek to focus on negotiations rather than "refusing" to train:

The MLSPA agreed players will journey to Orlando for a tournament that will include all 26 clubs and serve to restart the campaign that halted after only two matchdays because of the pandemic. The union added players accepted salary reductions "and additional concessions." 

According to Carlisle, though, owners want the players to increase their pay cuts from 7.5 percent to 8.75 percent. League owners also want to insert a force majeure clause that would allow either side to void the CBA in the event of a disaster such as a pandemic if five clubs suffer attendance drops of at least 25 percent compared to the previous year. 

In April, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith confirmed the current CBA between players and league owners contains no force majeure clause. 

MLS owners and the players are also at odds regarding a revenue-sharing plan linked to a broadcast rights deal that begins in 2023. 

If owners and the MLSPA can agree to terms on a revised CBA this week, all 26 teams could assemble in Florida before the weekend of June 27-28.

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink



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2018 / ENG / 6
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2014 / COL / 6
James Rodríguez
2010 / GER / 5
Thomas Muller
2006 / GER / 5
Miroslav Klose
2002 / BRA / 8
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1998 / CRO / 6
Davor Suker
1994 / BUL / 6
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1994 / RUS / 6
Oleg Salenko
1990 / ITA / 6
Salvatore Schillaci
1986 / ENG / 6
Gary Lineker
1982 / ITA / 6
Paolo Rossi
1978 / ARG / 6
Mario Kempes
1974 / POL / 7
Grzegorz Lato
1970 / WGER / 10
Gerd Muller
1966 / POR / 9
Eusebio
1962 / CHI / 4
Leonel Sanchez
1962 / YUG / 4
Drazan Jerkovic
1962 / BRA / 4
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1962 / BRA / 4
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1962 / USSR / 4
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1962 / HUN / 4
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1958 / FRA / 13
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1954 / HUN / 11
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1950 / BRA / 8
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1938 / BRA / 7
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