MLS players, league ratify labor contract

New York - NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Soccer and its players have ratified a five-year labor agreement that allowed the season to start on time.

The MLS Players Union said Tuesday that 84 percent of players voted to approve. League spokesman Dan Courtemanche said owners ratified the deal within the past week. The collective bargaining agreement was reached March 20.

Under the deal, all players 24 and over with three years of MLS service receive guaranteed contracts. The minimum salary for senior players increased to $40,000 this year. Each team's salary budget increased to $2.55 million this season.
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