Numerous provisions had been largely agreed to with the exception of how a force majeure clause - a provision in the CBA that would allow either party to back out of it in the event of a catastrophic event, such as a pandemic - would be initiated, per multiple reports.
Players with medical exemptions, or family medical exemptions such as a pregnant spouse, are able to opt out of the tournament per the terms of the initial return-to-play agreement.
According to the Athletic, preparation for that tournament will begin on June 24, with players beginning a two-week training camp in Florida. It also calls for group stage games to count toward regular season standings.
MLS players have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement, paving the way for the league to return to play.
"We recognize that we are all moving forward - as players, as fans, as societies, as a world - into a future that looks much different than the one we envisioned a few months ago", the MLSPA added. There are problems we face collectively that are both more urgent, and more important, than competing on the field. This change won't come on the field, but it will come partly through the force and determination of those who seek justice and quality.
Early Tuesday morning, ESPN reported that the two sides were close to ratifying the CBA after the league walked back its stance on the force majeure clause being tied to 2021 attendance and instead used a version of it similar to what's in the NBA's CBA.
The MLS Players Association confirmed the vote on the CBA, which will run an additional year through the 2025 season.
As a result, the pandemic threatened to undo all the progress made during talks in January and February with the two sides forced back to the negotiating table in the wake of the coronavirus. We hope our return to the field will allow fans a momentary release and a semblance of normalcy.
The league had played two matches prior to the coronavirus shutdown implemented on March 12.