“It is sure and certain that it will be complex. I have no doubt about it. But the level of complexity and the impact it will have on our schedule remains to be determined. ”
As was the last one, the coming season will not be easy for CF Montreal and the other two Canadian teams, Toronto and Vancouver. At the very least, Kevin Gilmore agrees it won’t be a normal schedule.
“We are preparing with several scenarios. At least there is light at the end of the tunnel, it’s just a matter of knowing the length of the tunnel, imagined the president of CF Montreal, in an interview with The Press. In the United States, there are predictions that the widespread vaccination will be completed in late spring, early summer. This would mean that we would have American clubs vaccinated and I hope that when this is the case, they will be allowed to come to Montreal to play matches. ”
To help Canadian clubs, the MLS Players’ Association suggested Wednesday that the start of the season be delayed.
The Montreal organization is working on different plans.
The ideal scenario is obviously one where American teams can cross the border. But it certainly won’t be mid-March, which nonetheless remains the league’s target to start the season.
The worst case scenario… return to the United States for Canadian clubs. As in 2020.
“The reality is going to lie in between, preferably more focused on the former,” said Gilmore.
And these intermediate scenarios, are they established precisely with the league?
” Not yet. Internally, we are preparing for different scenarios, and eventually this will be discussed with the league. But we are not there yet. ”
It must be said that at the moment, the management of the MLS is probably concentrating all its efforts on reaching an agreement with the Players’ Association so that the season takes place.
The league has asked for a two-year extension of the employment contract, after announcing its intention to invoke a force majeure clause to resume negotiations.
Talks seem non-existent for the moment. At least, that is what Commissioner Don Garber said a few days ago.
The said clause forces the league and the players’ union to negotiate in good faith changes to the collective agreement in force for 30 days. The two parties have until the end of the month to come to an agreement.
Kevin Gilmore declined to comment on it.