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Despite enormous growth over 20 years, MLS is far from being mature

Despite enormous growth over 20 years, MLS is far from being mature

For four days last week, officials from Major League Soccer and its players' union stood on the edge of an abyss, grasped hands and prepared to jump. They had come together to negotiate a labor deal. Yet as talk of a strike intensified, it appeared they had agreed on a suicide pact. If either decided to jump, it would have taken the other down as well. While the damage might not have been fatal, it would have been painful. Eventually the league blinked by conceding to a watered-down version of free agency and limited pay increases, preventing a strike and clearing the way for the season to start on time this weekend. That qualifies as a victory for sanity, though neither...

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