Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen called discussions over the possibility of free agency in Major League Soccer a "waste of time" in an interview on Wednesday with ESPN 700.
MLS players and owners are currently negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement. With just more than a week before the 2015 season is set to begin, the two sides have not yet reached an agreement.
While players have said that free agency is one of their primary goals in the new CBA, owners are opposed to the idea. Hansen called discussion over free agency a "waste of time" and a "go-nowhere conversation."
I think there's some really fair offers that have come from the league. The perennial issue is "we want free agency," but that can't exist where everyone's employed by the same employer.
How do you have free agency when you're going to go talk to yourself at the next employer? And so, that's not going to change. That's a go-nowhere conversation. When you look at all the owners, they've all been in pro basketball, football, baseball, and that was the one thing they all vowed they'd never do is go through that again.
Hansen later called discussion over free agency a "foolish place to waste time."
If the season starts as planned without a strike, Real Salt Lake is slated to open its campaign against the Portland Timbers on March 7.
- Stanley Kay