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Reports: USL make deal with USL Players Association to restart season

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Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC.

Multiple credible reports emerged Wednesday saying USL and the USL Players Association have come to an agreement of terms for the USL Championship to restart its season on July 11.

The league and USLPA came to an agreement on financial terms, pending ratification from the player pool, according to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle. That report was followed up with another one that said players will be paid their full salaries this year if the season kicks off again, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Rueter.

It’s worth noting that ratification is still needed from both a majority of teams and a majority of players. And as we’ve seen with the NBA in recent days, an agreement ratified by the players association does not necessarily carry the support of players, and what seems like a rubber stamp may not be one. It’s also possible on the part of teams — reports that have emerged on USL’s return to play plans for the Championship and League One claim teams have been wildly divided in terms of whether they even want to hold a 2020 season. A late-stage veto is still possible.

Having said that, signs point to a return for Sacramento Republic and the USL Championship on or around July 11. We’ll keep you posted on developments on this story as we learn them.

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