The contentious NFL labor negotiations met in front of a federal mediator Friday, two weeks before owners could impose a lockout on players and threaten the 2011 season.
With MLS management and the players union seemingly at an impasse, the hope is that a federal mediator can help resolve the labor dispute, writes Jeff Carlisle.
A federal mediator will be at the bargaining table when Major League Soccer's labor talks resume next week.
Lawyers for players and management argued over the length of a no-strike clause when they met with a federal mediator for the first time.
Negotiators from the U.S. Soccer Federation and its union are scheduled to meet with a federal mediator on Thursday in an effort to resolve the dispute threatening to keep the regular players off the field for a World Cup qualifier next month.