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NOT JUST FOR KICKS: U.S. STARTERS HOLD OUT IN MONEY DISPUTE
Published October 17, 1996
The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team is in "turmoil," according to Grahame Jones of the L.A. TIMES, because starting players are holding out in a dispute over the amount of bonus money paid to players for national team appearances. Negotiations between the U.S. Soccer Federation and its players, via their agents, "are at an apparent impasse, with neither side willing to budge." In a statement issued last Friday, the federation said "the time for negotiating is over." The USSF then named a 21-player team made up of second-and third-string players to travel to Peru for warmup game before World Cup qualifying games begin November 3. The USSF statement added that agents have "rejected our efforts which would have produced national team soccer players who would have been among the most highly compensated in the world" (L.A. TIMES, 10/16).