USWNT reps resume labor talks with new lawyer

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NEW YORK (AP) Contract talks between the women’s national team and the U.S. Soccer Federation have resumed after the players’ union retained a new lawyer.

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U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said Thursday the union is being represented in collective bargaining by Mady Gilson of Bredhoff & Kaiser. The players parted ways in December with attorney Rich Nichols, who had been executive director of the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association since late 2014.

At a news conference Thursday announcing A+E Networks purchase of a stake in the National Women’s Soccer League, Gulati said he was encouraged by progress in talks for a collective bargaining agreement to replace the deal that expired Dec. 31.

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“The tone is just completely different, and everyone wants to get a deal done. The players want to play. We want to have a fair CBA, so I have no doubt we’ll get a deal done,” he said.