More SuperMess From SuperLiga

More SuperMess From SuperLiga

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 4, 2008
  • 4 Comments
  • CBA, SuperLiga

I just got word that New England and Houston will be splitting the winnings of the “million-dollar tournament” after tomorrow night’s game in a stance against the Collective Bargaining Agreement, this all according to Steve Goff.

“The players on the Houston Dynamo and New England Revolution have agreed in advance of tomorrow night’s SuperLiga final that they will split evenly the bonus money at stake in the game. The players have made this decision to show their solidarity and in protest of the league’s violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with respect to the negotiation of bonuses for this tournament.”

According to the tournament format, players on an MLS team that wins the title are to share $150,000 and $100,000 split by the MLS team that is the runners-up. So two groups of players have decided to pool the $250,000 and distribute it equally, regardless of who wins tomorrow night.

This is a really interesting development here because it sounds like the players really care less about this tournament since they have decided to split the winnings here. We know these two can put on a good enough game but will it be at a high level or just at a play to PKs kind of level?

Also, will the tournament directors (SUM, MLS) allow them to do this? That we will have to find out later on.

What do you all make of this news? Good idea or bad idea by the players? Obviously they want the money that is publicized here but are they doing this at a cost of the tournament?

  • Scott

    The players have every right to split their money however they choose. If the league would get its act together and actually have the $1,000,000 available this wouldn't even be an issue, and the teams competing in the tournament would have all the incentive they needed to compete at their best.<br />
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    If the problem is that the pool is greater than that for MLS Cup, just increase the prize for winning the league.

  • Kevin

    Good for the players. I'm glad someone is finally standing up to the unfairness of this tournament. It's pointless, too. It wears players out and injures them for important games, like league, US Open Cup (which I rank wayyyy above SuperLiga in terms of importance because it actually MEANS something), and Champions League in a few months. United lost Gallardo, Peralta, and Quaranta because of that foolish tournament. The only good it does is that it gets Mexican players in shape for their season, but why should WE care about that?

  • Scott

    The players have every right to split their money however they choose. If the league would get its act together and actually have the $1,000,000 available this wouldn’t even be an issue, and the teams competing in the tournament would have all the incentive they needed to compete at their best.

    If the problem is that the pool is greater than that for MLS Cup, just increase the prize for winning the league.

  • Kevin

    Good for the players. I’m glad someone is finally standing up to the unfairness of this tournament. It’s pointless, too. It wears players out and injures them for important games, like league, US Open Cup (which I rank wayyyy above SuperLiga in terms of importance because it actually MEANS something), and Champions League in a few months. United lost Gallardo, Peralta, and Quaranta because of that foolish tournament. The only good it does is that it gets Mexican players in shape for their season, but why should WE care about that?