Friday, December 4, 2009

CBA Negotiations/Chris Seitz Trade Details


Ridge Mahoney from Soccer America’s MLS Confidential brings up the “S-word”, regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions.  Let’s hope this doesn’t turn out to be the case.

The S-word is "strike," which could result if no agreement is reached by Jan. 31, when the current CBA expires. Discussions began early this year and haven't gone anywhere, from what I've heard, and the dynamics may have slid backward two weeks ago when MLS Commissioner Don Garber decried the involvement of FIFPro, an international players agency, which had petitioned FIFA on behalf of the MLS Players' Union regarding certain strictures utilized by the league in its contracts.

Keepin’ It Real was able to learn specific details regarding the Chris Seitz trade to the Philadelphia Union.  Michael C. Lewis from the Salt Lake Tribune reported that RSL “received north of $200,000 in allocation money” in the deal.  KIR has discovered that the deal included the following:

  • $175,000 in allocation money (from Philadelphia Union’s pool of $1.2M received as an expansion club)
  • agreement that the Union would not select an RSL player in the expansion draft
  • a “sell-on” agreement, giving RSL a percentage of any transfer fee should the Union sell the rights to Seitz to another team in the future.