The ongoing dispute between Major League Soccer and its players union over a new collective bargaining agreement remains in a stalemate, and a work stoppage is still a very real possibility. The deadline for an agreement has already been extended once (to this Friday), but hostilities have yet to thaw and a delay in fresh talks caused by East Coast weather problems seemed to cast another ominous portent.
At odds are some player's embarrassingly low salaries and owners exercising caution in financially uncertain times. This is typical of the kind of things that happen as leagues and sports get bigger.
A lockout will also seriously impact the national team because the MLS does and will continue to play a very big role in regards to its development.