MLS management and union end talks

Negotiators for Major League Soccer management and players have

ended two days of talks and agreed to keep up discussions with the

federal mediation service.

George H. Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and

Conciliation Service, convened talks Tuesday and Wednesday. The

next session has not been set.

The league’s first labor contract expired Feb. 25 after the

MLS Players Union refused a third extension to the five-year deal,

which originally was set to run out Jan. 31.

Unhappy with the single-entity structure that has the league

negotiate all contracts, players want greater free-agent rights and

a higher percentage of guaranteed deals.

The league schedule is set to start March 25.