Kaye says Canada Soccer's latest offering to players shows some progress

Kaye says Canada Soccer’s latest offering to players shows some progress

Canadian Soccer’s latest revised compensation proposal for its players is a sign of progress but a deal has yet to be reached, says Canadian international Mark Anthony Kaye.

“There have been some improvements. In other aspects, it’s been relatively the same. Just different language,” said the Toronto FC midfielder.

Kaye is no stranger to labor negotiations, given that he is on the executive board of the Major League Soccer Players Association. But he says the players should leave that to their legal counsel.

“Especially when it comes to crunch time. We really don’t want to deal with that kind of stuff on an individual level for players,” he said.

Canadian Soccer made the offer in late September with general secretary Earl Cochrane calling it a “comprehensive compensation offer” for both Canada’s men and women. He declined to share details.

Canada Soccer’s previous offer was made in late June. The players responded in late August.

The Canadian Men’s Players Association (Canadian Men’s National Soccer Team Players Association) as compensation negotiations continue, follows the leadership of the women’s team, represented by the Canadian Soccer Players Association (CSPA).

The new association covers players who have been invited to any of the men’s national team camps since January 2021.

It is hoped that this crisis will be resolved with the start of the World Cup in Qatar on November 20. But both sides said that there are issues that can be resolved after Qatar.

Two issues of immediate concern are the distribution of tournament prizes and the support provided to friends and family of players going to the tournament.

Kai says he is working on finalizing travel details for his friends and family.

“Obviously it’s a pressure. But Canadian soccer does, I think, more than most countries do in terms of friends and family packages for their players.” Kai said. “It’s just about finalizing it and making sure down the line that all the little details feel good for the players as well as Canadian soccer.

“But they’re working hard to make it happen. They’ve made great strides in the friends and family package.”

Canadian fullback Richie Laria is also working on travel plans for those close to him.

“I’m cutting it all down now, just to see who brings it and what it looks like,” said Laria, currently on loan to Toronto from England’s Nottingham Forest. “So hopefully I can sort it out a little bit like the other guys on the team.”

The Canadians, currently ranked 41st in the world, play in the World Cup on Nov. 23 against second-ranked Belgium. After Belgium, Canada plays No. 12 Croatia on Nov. 27 and No. 22 Morocco on Dec. 1 in Group F.

Dissatisfaction with the status of negotiations led the Canadians to boycott a planned friendly against Panama in Vancouver in June, citing “unnecessarily lengthy” negotiations over a new agreement.

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