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A day after word leaked out that Major League Soccer was contemplating locking out its players, players across the league, including in Vancouver, stayed away from training on Monday.
A Whitecaps spokesperson confirmed that the team’s players were not on hand at the club’s facilities at the University of B.C. on Monday, but declined further comment.
The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio reported that players across the league were refusing to show up for “voluntary” training sessions.
The Whitecaps players have been training individually at the team’s facilities since May 12 , after B.C.’s provincial health officials gave the OK.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle and Herculez Gomez , the league’s owners have given the MLS Players’ Association until Tuesday at noon ET to accept the league’s most recent return-to-play economic proposal, having rejected a counter proposal by the players apparently out of hand on the weekend.
The two sides have been working on how to return action after the season was suspended, like the rest of North American professional sport, on March 12 due to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.
Because games will be played for the foreseeable future without fans in the stands, MLS clubs are going to see a heavy reduction in income. They’ve asked players to accept reduced salaries and bonuses.
According to Carlisle, the MLSPA’s proposal on the weekend included $100 million in concessions.
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