MLS will increase investment in the salary budget, (b) general allocation and (c) performance bonuses for players and increase purchasing power per club from $8,490,000 in 2019 to $11,643,000 in 2024. In addition, the annual minimum wage for service players will be payable at $109,200 in 2024 and 401 (k) contribution and other benefits will also increase with the new CBA. MLS players approved a revised collective bargaining agreement with team owners Wednesday, avoiding an imminent lockout and how MLS would end the suspension of COVID-19 and become the first major professional sports league in the United States to play again – early next month in Florida. “The players have secured an agreement that will significantly change what it means to be an MLS player,” Foose said. “Over the past two years, we have conducted a substantial and comprehensive negotiation process with the League. We believe that the significant changes and increased investment in this agreement will not only be an essential part of the league`s continued growth, but will also bring MLS closer to the overseas league systems we want to compete with. On March 20, 2010, MLS and MLSPA signed a new five-year contract that will begin with the 2010 season and continue until January 31, 2015.  The league threatened to block players Wednesday if they were not to agree on issues involving the inclusion of a force majeure clause in the CBA, which also had to be ratified, a reduction in salaries for players this season, a sharing of television revenues if a new deal is reached, and the health and safety of players during training and competition in Orlando. “I still think MLS has a lot to give to the players,” Chicago Fire defender Johan Kappelhof told ESPN. “And it`s still a great experience. This [CBA] negotiation is only part of the whole. But I wouldn`t be negative towards other players in the league, or I advise them not to come because that`s it. Major League Soccer is expected to resume earlier this month, as the Major League Soccer Players Association ratified the collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league on Wednesday.
On the players` side, the reaction to the agreement itself was more mixed and tended to think about what was dropped. One player who asked not to be identified said he felt the deal had given players “massive security.” Paychecks will arrive, at least for another seven months. But it was something that the players thought they had back in February, just to get the proverbial carpet out under them. And it took significant concessions to maintain that security. “I thought it was necessary to get to the point where we reached an agreement today,” he said. The eligibility criteria for the free agency have been extended to players 24 years of age or older who work in MLS for five years. This reduces the age and duration of the previous CBA (28 years with eight years of service).