Nigel Reed gives a good summary over what's at stake as MLS's Collective Bargaining Agreement runs out next month. It'd be a disaster to have a work stoppage in a World Cup year. But then again, outside of MLS's hard core fans, who'd really notice?
By global standards, MLS and its players union is a unique case. The League holds all the aces and its players, with the exception of those talented few good enough to attract transfers abroad or those hired as marquee performers, have been left to lump it under a salary cap, governed by executives who will not risk fiscal irresponsibility.