MLS primary transfer window closes May 6: How many deals can we expect?

Fernando Clavijo

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Jimmy Venegas

Only days remain before the window of opportunity is shut for MLS clubs.

We're talking the MLS primary transfer window, which is set to close on Monday, May 6. That's the deadline for MLS clubs to acquire players based overseas in transactions which require an international transfer certificate (ITC) from another country.

What kind of action can we be expecting in the coming days?

"It will be fairly quiet with perhaps a few signings," MLS vice president of player relations and competition Lino DiCuollo told MLSsoccer.com. "MLS clubs are focused on finding specific needs for the July window and players in other leagues seem for the most part to be eyeing moves after their seasons are completed."

Reports indicate that Chivas USA are close to signing midfielder Martín Aarón Ponce, while FC Dallas are also closing in on a potential signing, according to technical director Fernando Clavijo (above).

The MLS secondary international-transfer window opens on July 9 and runs through August 8.

Last year's primary window closed much earlier on April 15 and the then-deadline signings included Chivas USA acquiring forward José Erick Correa, the Colorado Rapids penning Harrison Henao, the Houston Dynamo welcoming Óscar Recio, Portland moving for Sebastián Rincón and German Kai Herdling landing in Philadelphia.