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Sounders Insider reports that the Players Union strike “will be effective 12:01 a.m. March 23 if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached with the league.”

The media fallout from the news that the MLS Players Union has voted to strike is ongoing. There is some discrepancy in the numbers: while some report that the vote is 350 to 2 in favor of a strike, apparently based on the Washington Post saying “more than 350” supported the strike, seattlepi.com puts the number at 383-2, noting that the numbers are “more than the typical roster limit in the league, because clubs have not trimmed back rosters since no agreement is in place.” Here’s some of the best of the web so far:

In an open letter to the MLS and the Players Union about the possible strike, Match Fit USA talks to the Sons of Ben.

Amid all of the strike talk, let us not forget that, on Sunday at 7 p.m., the Union will face a MLS club for the first time in team history when they play FC Dallas at the University of Tampa’s Pepin Stadium.

Seattle Sounders poor pre season form, Philadelphia Independence video, Landon Donovan, Charlie Davies comeback, and Manchester United gag players after the jump.

The Seattle Sounders, scheduled to host the Philadelphia Union in the MLS season opener on March 25th, were scoreless for the second straight game on Thursday, this time in a 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers at Qwest Field.

The Philadelphia Independence has posted a training camp video on YouTube with coach Paul Riley discussing the team. Just why the soundtrack sounds like porn music is beyond me. Additional footage without the soundtrack is available on facebook. It was windy. Independence goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc debuts “Karina Kam” on the Independence website.

As if we didn’t know it, Everton manager David Moyes says that a possible players strike means he isn’t sure if the club’s Saturday match against Birmingham will be Landon Donovan’s last game.

Charlie Davies plans to be playing for Sochaux by the end of April.

Manchester United ban players, MUTV from talking about anti-Glazers protests.

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