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Major League Soccer and its players' union tentatively agreed on a five-year labor contract, ending nearly 1 1/2 years of negotiations.

The agreement comes as the league concludes its ninth season with Sunday's MLS Cup in Carson, Calif., between the Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United.

The deal must be ratified by the players. MLS Players Union Executive Director Bob Foose said that because the season has ended for most teams, players have scattered and it will take several weeks before they can vote on the deal.

The agreement features an increase in the minimum annual salary from $24,000 to $28,000 next season.

MetroStars midfielder Amado Guevara was chosen as the league's most valuable player on Thursday. Guevara led the MetroStars in assists (10) and points (30), while tying for the team lead in goals (10).

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