The league and players union have only two more days until the deadline to agree to a new CBA comes and goes. The expiring CBA, which has been the only one used throughout league history, doesn't have any provisions for player free agency or guaranteed contracts -- both points that the players union want included in the next bargaining agreement.
Fire midfielders John Thorrington and Logan Pause -- who are the team's two union representatives -- both declined to my request to comment on any issues surrounding a new CBA and the issues surrounding negotiation.
Should there be no new CBA in place on Friday, there will likely be a work stoppage. For how long remains to be seen, but for the sake of both the league and the players, I hope it won't be long. With the World Cup this summer, MLS needs to put its best product ever on the field this season -- starting with March 25th's opening game. The league won't be able to do that if there is any type of lengthy work stoppage.