South Sound native Kasey Keller wants to make sure fans who hear about a possible strike in Major League Soccer understand the current standoff is about player rights and not salaries.
“This is truly a case of guys who could make more money going out and getting a job, but they’re trying to live out the dream,” Keller said Friday.
The Seattle Sounders goalkeeper, who grew up on an egg farm in Lacey, said he wasn’t surprised when the MLS Players Union announced Thursday it voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached by March 25.
All the players are asking for are rights players have in other leagues around the world, Keller said. He understands that when the previous deal was agreed to, players needed to make concessions to keep the league going. Now that the league has a solid base and is expanding into new markets, Keller said it’s time for the players to get some of those concessions back.
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Among the things the players want are greater free-agent rights and a higher percentage of guaranteed deals.