“They (Major League Soccer) tell us there’s no money, but the reality is that there is millions and millions of dollars being spent on a core group of players.” – said clearly upset Seattle Sounders and USMNT defender Brad Evans in the interview with Matt Pentz in Seattle Times.
Brad Evans as Players’ Union representative, participated in last March, Major League Soccer Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.
“When we all look back at this CBA, it wasn’t what we wanted. I think we handcuffed ourselves into a situation. I think Don Garber can look back and say he got the fair end of the deal” – said Sounders veteran.
“When I go to the national team, I’m the lowest-paid player there. It is what it is. I don’t get upset about it.” – explains Brad Evans to Seattle Times reporter Matt Pentz – read FULL STORY.
What really upsets domestic players, is the fact that MLS commissioner Don Garber uses as argument during negotiations, and continue making statements, claiming that league is loosing money. However almost at the same time signing big contract with enormous amount of money to pay former European stars such as Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo, or Giovani Dos Santos.
Just three mentioned in last sentence players cost around 20 million a year, that’s more that entire salary cap limits for more than six MLS teams.
Signing highest paid is not entirely MLS front office decisions, but mainly club owners are responsible for signing big names Designated Players for big money, but headquarter in New York has to approve each contract.
What is your opinion?
Do you think that the American and Canadian MLS players have the right to be dissatisfied with their current earnings?
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