Ahead of Major League Soccer’s 20th season in 2015, there is plenty to be excited about.
But between then and now, there is also plenty to sort out. With the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs in full-flow (check out all of our coverage here) everyone is pretty tied up. But with two new teams joining the league in 2015 and Chivas USA’s players going through the dispersal draft, a date for that date is yet to be set, it will be anything but a dull offseason in MLS.
One of the biggest notes to come from the announcement was that a ‘Half-day Trade Window’ will take place on Dec. 8, just before the Expansion Draft for New York City FC and Orlando City which will be held on Dec. 10. That will allow other teams in MLS to shuffled their pack accordingly before their unprotected players are potentially picked off by NYC FC and Orlando.
Every important date in MLS-land were released on MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday and you can see them all below.
2014-15 MLS Offseason Calendar
TBD – MLS Dispersal Draft for Chivas USA
December 7, 2014 – MLS Cup Final
December 8, 2014 – Half-day Trade Window: Open 9 am ET – 1 pm ET. Teams may trade during that window or may re-sign their own players. Blackout period starts at 1 pm ET, runs through the MLS Expansion Draft.
December 10, 2014 – MLS Expansion Draft
December 10, 2014 – Trade Window opens at the end of Expansion Draft; closes on December 11, 2014, at 5 pm ET
December 10, 2014 – MLS Waiver Draft
December 12, 2014 – MLS Re-entry Draft, Phase One
December 12, 2014 – Trade Window opens at the end of Re-entry Draft Phase One; closes on December 17, 2014, at 11 am ET
December 18, 2014 – MLS Re-entry Draft, Phase Two
December 18, 2014 – Trade Window opens at the end of Re-entry Draft Phase Two
January 2-5, 2015 – MLS Caribbean Combine
January 9-13, 2015 – MLS Combine
January 15, 2015 – MLS SuperDraft