Union issues threaten MLS

LANCE HORNBY

, Last Updated: 5:13 AM ET

Toronto FC's fourth season might not start at all.

Major League Soccer's collective bargaining agreement is up in January and there are a host of issues to get through. Defender Nick Garcia, who is on a player union committee with teammate Marvell Wynne, says members have been told to put away some money for next year, just in case.

"We don't want a strike," Garcia said. "But we're the only league in the world where players are not on guaranteed contracts.

"We're not the NFLPA here."

Other player rights' issues and travel concerns also will be on the table. Garcia doesn't think a deal will be struck until close to the scheduled start of the season.

Surgery for Guevera

Amado Guevera, TFC's Honduran midfielder, will be undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery at the end of the year. He already will be missing from TFC's lineup next summer for World Cup duty.

One more time, Jim

Canadian defender Jim Brennan says he wants one more year with TFC. Brennan, who turns 33 next May, says he was "disappointed" at not making the playoffs a fourth consecutive year.

"I have unfinished business here," Brennan said.

Forward Pablo Vitti and defender Adrian Serioux are also free agents.


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