While FC Dallas begins their quest at a historic treble this week, Major League Soccer has revealed some key dates for this upcoming offseason.
This offseason is expected to be a quick one, packed with expansion drafts, waiver drafts, SuperDrafts, Re-Entry Drafts...you get the point. It is a draft-heavy offseason. Throw in the two expansion sides in Minnesota and Atlanta, and you can expect this one to be a big wild.
After a three-month roster freeze, clubs will again be able to make changes to their rosters the day after MLS Cup, December 11, in preparation for the 2017 season. From there things will begin to pick up in a hurry.
Here is the full calendar:
Sunday, December 11:
Half-Day Trade Window from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ET
No trades involving players will be permitted after 12 p.m. ET up until the conclusion of the Expansion Draft
Monday, December 12:
Expansion Draft Protected Player List and eligible Free Agents made public
Tuesday, December 13
Expansion Draft held at 2 p.m. ET
Beginning at 5 p.m. ET, Free Agents may engage in negotiations with all MLS clubs.
Wednesday, December 14
List of players eligible for selection in the Waiver Draft made public
Thursday, December 15
Waiver Draft held at 2 p.m. ET
Beginning at 5 p.m. ET, clubs may no longer sign or trade their own Re-Entry eligible players (player-trade blackout window)
List of players available in Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft made public
Friday, December 16
Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft held at 3 p.m. ET
Wednesday, December 21
Starting at 11 a.m. ET, clubs may no longer sign or trade their own Re-Entry eligible players (player-trade blackout window)
List of available players in Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft made public
Thursday, December 22
Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft held at 3 p.m. ET
January 7-12, 2017
2017 adidas MLS Player Combine
Friday, January 13, 2017
2017 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas
Monday, January 23, 2017
2017 MLS preseason begins