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MLS And Players Association Agree On CBA, Plans For Summer Tournament

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The vote means MLS will return from its COVID-19 suspension by way of a summer tournament in Orlando. The league suspended its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12th.

The MLS Players Association voted on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to approve the latest return-to-play plan negotiated with Major League Soccer. The MLSPA announced Wednesday morning that the vote had passed. It also announced that the new collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) originally agreed to in February had been ratified by the players and league owners, though there were some important modifications. 

For fans of Inter Miami, expect to see a group stage of three matches sometime in July. The games will count in the season standings. Inter Miami players and the necessary front office and soccer staff will be staying with the team at the ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports complex outside of Orlando.

As it currently stands, the 26 MLS teams will most likely report to Orlando on June 24th. They will then have two weeks to train, with games beginning in early July.

The MLSPA released a statement on Wednesday to announce the approval of the return to play plan.

Full details about the agreement reached as well as the plans for a return to play are available here.

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