Although it does not yet have an agreement with its Players Association, Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced that it will hold a season of 34 games, which will begin on April 3 and end on December 11. with the MLS Cup final.
This was indicated in a statement released by the North American circuit on Monday.
Last week, MLS commissioner Don Garber revealed that his league was awaiting a response from the players’ union (MLSPA) on a proposal it had made to him.
“On January 5, MLS presented the MLSPA with a proposal committing to pay players 100% of their salaries this year, in exchange for a two-year extension of the MLS collective agreement. On January 23, the MLSPA submitted a response to the league’s proposal. Even if no agreement has been reached, MLS is committed to meeting the MLSPA as many times as necessary over the next few days to finalize an agreement, ”Garber said in its letter.
In addition, clubs will be able to start their training camp from February 22, six weeks before the start of the 2021 campaign.
Players will need to quarantine and train individually when they join their squad.
The MLS has not disclosed its schedule, but assures that it will do so in the coming weeks.
What about the Canadian teams?
The Garber circuit remained fairly evasive on the situation of Canadian formations, while the border between the United States and Canada are still closed.
“Due to travel restrictions between the United States and Canada, Major League Soccer continues to work with all three Canadian clubs in the league on plans for the 2021 regular season. Details on plans for Canadian teams will be available. announced soon ”, simply indicated the league.
Recall in 2020, CF Montreal, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC were forced to move to Uncle Sam’s countries to conclude their season.
Regarding COVID-19, MLS explained that it continues to work on its protocols.
“During the regular season, all players, technical staff and essential club employees will be tested every other day, as well as the day before each game. In addition, until further notice, the clubs will travel on specially chartered flights for each of their trips, ”she said.