U.S. Soccer, Players Agree to Terms

Rachel Buehler, shown here on the left battling Germany at the Algarve Cup, will be in Thorns camp soon. - Getty Images

Allocated players will be in camp as early as today

U.S. Soccer announced this morning that it had reached an agreement with the U.S. Women's National Team Players Association concerning a collective bargaining agreement between the two.

The announcement is great news for the NWSL. As the Canadian and Mexican allocated players begin to report to preseason camps this week, the U.S. contingent had remained quiet, fueling reports that the lack of a CBA was holding them back from participating.Those reports were neither confirmed nor denied in the media by either Thorns or US Soccer sources..

For the Thorns, the new agreement means the USWNT's Alex Morgan and Rachel Buehler will be reporting to camp soon. No word as yet which specific day; we'll update you as soon as we know. More news as it comes. Here's the complete statement from U.S. Soccer below:

New Collective Bargaining Agreement to Run Through 2016

CHICAGO (March 20, 2013) - U.S. Soccer announced today in conjunction with the Women's National Team Players Association that the sides have agreed to the material terms of a new collective bargaining agreement through 2016.
With this part of the process completed, U.S. Women's National Team players allocated to clubs in the National Women's Soccer League will be joining their clubs as early today.

Below is a joint statement from U.S. Soccer and the Women's National Team Players Association:

"We are pleased to have concluded this agreement in a timely manner. It took a little longer than we had hoped given the complexity of the issues involved but we are happy it is now behind us. This agreement will allow the players to focus on keeping the U.S. Women's National Team at the top of the sport and ensure the NWSL is successful for its launch in April."

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