Major League Soccer confirmed on Wednesday the revised 2020 transfer windows for its clubs, as approved by world soccer governing body FIFA:
- Two-day transfer window: Mon., July 6 – Tues., July 7
- Secondary transfer window: Wed., Aug. 12 – Thurs., Oct. 29
The new transfer windows were established as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the previously scheduled primary transfer window (Feb. 12–May 5) and secondary transfer window (originally scheduled from July 7–Aug. 5).
There is a bit of a hiccup for clubs looking to add TAM or DP level players though during this first two-day window. MLS stated that “due to player safety and logistics, this window will allow for limited activity and only for teams to round out their roster.”
MLS is also not allowing trades among MLS teams to happen during this shortened window. International transfers are only permitted if the acquired player has his work authorization in the USA or Canada, and is already located within the USA or Canada or he is able to travel without restrictions. Signings of Designated Players or signings using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) for participation in the MLS is Back Tournament are also not allowed.
FC Dallas was able to take advantage of this two-day window to add newly signed Designated Player Franco Jara. The veteran forward signed a pre-contract back in January, to help facilitate this deal. He arrived ahead of the two-day window in Frisco and is near getting his Visa paperwork finalized to be ready for next week’s tournament.
The other big thing of note from this announcement is that MLS’s secondary window, starting the day after the end of the MLS is Back tournament, is right in line with several transfer windows in countries around the world.