The MLS Players' Union voted in resounding favor of a strike if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached before the start of the season -- which is only two weeks away. According to the Washington Post, 350 players voted in favor of a strike -- with only two opposing a potential work stoppage.
This news comes after the league and players held two days of negotiations facilitated by a federal mediator in Washington D.C. The sides said that they will continue talking, though no specifics were provided.
Really, everything that can be said about the issue already has been. If this season doesn't start on time, it would flat-out stink. MLS has been steadily growing as a league throughout its existence and it would be a shame to see it take a step backward in this World Cup year. But the players want their rights and the owners want to make money, so you can't really blame either side for sticking to its guns. All we can hope is that something gets worked out in the next two weeks. For now though, it doesn't look too good.