Podcast: Players lose the CBA, an “Open” Cup, and some Galaxy urgency is needed

The good news is that the LA Galaxy have a season. The bad news is that the players really came out poorly in the new CBA. We’re talking details, the Open Cup, and a goalscorer.

COG STUDIOS, Calif. — Well, it looks like the LA Galaxy and the rest of Major League Soccer are going to have a 2021 season. And with news of a ratified Collective Bargaining Agreement, we’ll tell you why no one except the owners seems to be celebrating. 

Hosts Josh Guesman and Kevin Baxter are going to walk through some of the big sticking points of the CBA and get into the details of why the players seemed to give nearly everything and got relatively little. And trust us, there are some hard feelings!

The players agreed to extend the CBA through the 2027 season, but this contract still has one big loophole, and it’s one that the owners have already exploited multiple times. So does this mean anything past the current year? And what about the gains and salary budgets for the next seven seasons? We have all the numbers!

Plus, did you miss the US Open Cup? Well, the good news is that they plan on bringing it back this season. The bad news is that it’s not much of an “open” cup. We’ll tell you why there are limited teams, and so far, no criteria for how they’re going to be selected. But it’s unlikely the Galaxy will even be in it. So let’s not get ahead of ourselves. 

And did you see a leaked away kit? Did it look like the 1997 home kit? We’ll talk about the details and why it seems like you haven’t been shown the authentic version of it yet. But it’s definitely going to sell out, so start ordering it right now. Seriously. Don’t wait. 

Finally, Josh and Kevin do a bit of a roundup at the end that talks about Cristian Pavon, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Husein Balic. It’s a mix of current and past players that should have the Galaxy focusing on getting some signings across the line… quickly.