MLS Players Union Sued by 3 American Youth Soccer Clubs: Details and Comments

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21:  An official MLS match ball is seen on the pitch during warm-up prior to the MLS match between the Houston Dynamo and the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center on March 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Dynamo and the Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, DeAndre Yedlin and the Major League Soccer Players Union have all been named as defendants in a class-action lawsuit filed by three youth soccer clubs.

According to Vice Sports' Jorge Arangure Jr., the Dallas Texans; Crossfire Premiere of Redmond, Washington; and Sockers FC of Chicago are seeking to "recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars in training and solidarity fees" after they were not afforded the ability to claim monetary benefits when players such as Bradley, Dempsey and Yedlin transferred internationally.

However, a spokesman for the plaintiffs released a statement Friday that indicated the United States men's national team stars wouldn't be part of the legal process for long, per Arangure. Rather, the statement pointed out that "the U.S. youth clubs had to name the players, Dempsey, Yedlin and Bradley, as well as the defendant class of players, solely for a legal reason to maintain the complaint."

According to Arangure, the court's decision could have far-reaching consequences if it sides with the youth clubs:

Jorge Arangure @jorgearangure

Implications of this for soccer in the US are potentially massive. Could possibly lead to better youth development https://t.co/tTXTV3epk4

Dempsey suited up with the Texans during his developmental days, while Yedlin and Bradley played for the Crossfire and Sockers, respectively.

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All three players proceeded to make trips across the pond to play professionally in some of the world's biggest leagues. Both Yedlin and Dempsey have experience in the English Premier League, while Bradley held down stints in Italy's Serie A and Germany's Bundesliga.

Dempsey and Bradley both now reside in MLS with the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC, respectively, while Yedlin plays in the Premier League for Sunderland on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

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