Days before the first kick of the regular season, labor strife was averted between Major League Soccer and its players' Union. Now, said Union announced today that the CBA has been formally ratified, so now things are finally official, as more than 90 percent of the players voted to formally approve the deal.
Most of the details from it we already knew: the 2015 salary budget is $3.49 million, up from $3.14 last year. 5 percent annual increases over the CBA life will bring things up to $4.24 million in 2019.
The recent hot topic of Targeted Allocated Money had some more light shed onto it, with "TAM" being lumped into each team's total allocation fund. All clubs will get $250,000 in 2015 and 2016, $300,000 in 2017 and 2018 and $350,000 in 2019. This money is inclusive of the allowances like CONCACAF Champions League playoff berths, U.S. Open Cup Championships, wooden spoons and the like.
The 28 years old/8 years of service free agency is also mentioned in the document, with players able to negotiate raises of up to 25% of current salary, though this percentage decreases the higher their salary figure is.
So with that out of the way...we can haz ginned up salary lists to overanalyze now?