March 4 - Major League Soccer and the Players Union have reached, in principal, a new collective bargaining agreement which will ensure there is a 2015 season, according to several reports.
Though the specifics of the deal have not been reported, free agency was the major sticking point, with players wanting more freedom for at least some players when their contracts expired.
The league had taken a strong stance, though had reportedly submitted a proposal to the union which gave some ground to the players. It's unclear which of the three provisions to make a player a free agent -- years of service, age or increase in salary -- had been altered under MLS' revised offer.
The season is expected to start on time. The league opener is this Friday, March 6, as the Chicago Fire visit the Los Angelas Galaxy.
The Timbers are scheduled to take the field in their opener this Saturday, March 7, at Providence Park against Real Salt Lake. The match is set for a 7:30 p.m. start.