By RONALD BLUM, Associated Press
March 4, 2015 8:12 p.m.
Major League Soccer and its players' union agreed in principle to a five-year labor contract, establishing free agency for the first time and averting a possible strike ahead of Friday's season opener.
Players who saw little or no playing time on Sunday figure to be in the lineup Wednesday when the Portland Timbers take on the Chicago Fire at 7:30 p.m. at Providence Park in the second of three home preseason dates.
Jay Vidovich said coaching Timbers 2 is a new challenge for him after three decades coaching college soccer. And that challenge is straightforward: Develop young soccer players into players who can help the Portland Timbers win games.