RSL season will start on time as new collective bargaining agreement is reached

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SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) – It was the tweet Real Salt Lake fans were hoping for.

RSL goalkeeper and player representative Nick Rimando tweeted out Wednesday night, “Play ball.”

Yes, Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union avoided the first work stoppage in league history on Wednesday, reaching an agreement in principle on a new 5-year collective bargaining agreement. 

Pending formal ratification by the members of the MLSPU, the deal allows the 2015 regular season to begin on time, starting with Friday’s tilt between the Chicago Fire and reigning MLS Cup champions the LA Galaxy.

Real Salt Lake opens the season Saturday night at Portland.

The new CBA reportedly allows players who are 28 years or older with at least eight years of experience to become free agents. Free agency was the main sticking point in the negotiations.

The minimum salary was also increased from $36,500 to $60,000.

An official press conference will be held by the league Thursday.

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