As Major League Soccer celebrated its annual SuperDraft at the Pennsylvania Convention Center yesterday, MLS commissioner Don Garber made his first official statement about the elephant in the room - a possible player lockout.
The current collective bargaining agreement expires on Jan. 31. Last week, FIFPro, soccer's international union, reported the league was threatening to lock out its players if they did not agree to continue under a similar contract.
"Everything so far is positive," Garber said when asked about a lockout threat. "We're going to try to reach an agreement that's good for the management but also good for the players."
Garber said he met with representatives of the MLS Players Union last Friday and again on Wednesday. The two sides plan to meet in Washington next Wednesday.