“Major League Soccer’s negotiating team, including Commissioner Garber, met for three days this week with the leadership of the Players Union together with George Cohen, the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service,” said MLS President Mark Abbott.
“We have an understanding with the Union and the mediator that we will not publicly discuss what takes places during these bargaining sessions.
“As such, we were disappointed to see comments from a number of players characterizing the status of the negotiations and the possibility of a strike.
“The meetings this week were productive and we have scheduled a number of additional meetings. And while we can’t discuss what occurs across the bargaining table, we do believe that the players’ comments do not accurately reflect the proposals that we have made to address the players’ concerns or the productive nature of the discussions between MLS and the Players Union.”
Please note that the three days of meetings consisted of one day with the mediator and then two days with the Union and mediator (plus MLS, of course).