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Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan demand NWSL vote on CBA

Becky Sauerbrunn (Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The NWSLPA issued a statement on Tuesday demanding the NWSL and Board of Governors agree to a contract before preseason begins next Tuesday.

NWSL players, who have threatened a boycott if a CBA isn’t in place by that deadline, echoed the NWSLPA’s statement Tuesday along with th eplayers unions of other professional sports leagues. Notably, U.S. women’s national team stars have voiced their support. Since a December agreement with U.S. Soccer allowed them to join the NWSLPA, their USWNT contracts do not prevent them from joining a strike in the NWSL if necessary.

USWNT and San Diego Wave forward Alex Morgan shared the official statement on Twitter with the caption “#contractnow.”

Christine Sinclair, an Olympic gold medalist with the Canadian national team and captain of the Portland Thorns, said “the time is now.”

The MLBPA, which has been in a lockout with MLB owners since Dec. 2 over negotiations for their own CBA, also showed its support for the NWSLPA’s statement.

USWNT captain and Portland Thorns defender Becky Sauerbrunn wrote, “It’s time.”

Both the WNBA Players Association and the PHF Players Association expressed their support.

NJ/NY Gotham FC star and reigning NWSL Defender of the Year Caprice Dydasco chimed in, as well.