The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that the new CBA has upped the salary cap from $2.3 million to $2.5 million. Clearly that's a positive change. At worst, it will allow a few players on each team a little bump in salary. At best, it will allow teams to up the salaries of certain players enough so that they choose to stay in MLS over playing in European countries like Denmark. Or Cyprus.
Goff is also reporting that minimum salaries for senior players will be set at $40,000 for 2010. Obviously this is fantastic news for those players who don't make the big bucks. Take Peter Lowry as an example. Pete made $20,100 last year. He'll make $40,000 this year. That's almost a 100% increase. Something tells me he's thrilled about the terms of the new CBA.
Finally, I wanted to mention how thrilling it is to me that the season will kick off on time. I was definitely worried about the progress of negotiations (honestly, it didn't look good there for a while...) and it's a huge relief that the Fire will indeed be playing the Red Bulls this Saturday. I honestly don't know how much I would've been able to write about had a strike occurred. Thankfully, we won't find out the answer to that question. Instead, we can keep our focus where it should be: on the field with the Fire. It should be a very exciting 2010 for the club. I'm expecting big things (like, say a MLS Cup appearance) from the team this year. You should be too. The team is in a great position to do big things.
I'll probably be back with something more later on in the day. Stay tuned.