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MLS transfer window paused due to COVID-19 impact

Another aspect of this suspension is the transfer markets.

MLS: FC Dallas at Philadelphia Union Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Soccer’s website today announced that the league’s primary transfer window has been put on pause for the time being due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The primary transfer window was set to run through May 5 while the secondary transfer window was set to open on July 7.

MLSSoccer.com confirmed with the league front office on the news. U.S. Soccer and Canada Soccer are working closely with professional leagues in the US and Canada to determine when the window can resume in accordance with FIFA guidance.

The league also stated that no trades or signings can be processed by MLS clubs for the time being. That is probably for the best considering there is still a training moratorium through at least May 15 while competitive matches are suspended until at least June 8.

Lost days will also be added back once the transfer market is deemed safe to re-open as well. But there is no firm plan on when that will actually take place according to the article on the league’s website.

For right now, this shouldn’t affect FC Dallas’ plan to bring Franco Jara on board in July. The two sides agreed to a pre-contract earlier this year before the pandemic hit. Though, if there are travel restrictions across international borders still in place come July, it could impact the timing of Jara’s arrival.