With Saturday's MLS Cup final, the 2017 season officially came to a close and all sights are now set on the offseason wheeling and dealing that officially kicked off with Contract Deadline Day on Nov. 27.
Next up on the schedule is a busy Sunday, Dec. 10 with the opening of a half-day trade window, the announcement of contract decisions by both MLS Cup finalists and the release of the Expansion Draft lists (eligible and protected players) ahead of the Dec. 12 Expansion Draft, when Los Angeles Football Club will add five new players to their roster.
MLS Free Agency also officially begins on Dec. 12 immediately following the conclusion of the Expansion Draft, and the Waiver Draft comes a day later on Wednesday.
The week wraps up with Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft which will be held on Dec. 15, followed the next week by Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft on Dec. 21.
|2017 Offseason Calendar|
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET
|Half-Day Trade Window|
Following a three-month roster freeze, MLS clubs may begin making adjustments to their rosters. This is a four-hour window in which clubs may sign and trade players.
|Contract Deadline Day for MLS Cup Participants|
Clubs that compete in MLS Cup must notify the League Office in writing of (1) players whose options they are exercising and/or (2) players who are receiving bona fide offers.
1:00 PM ET
|Blackout Period begins|
Blackout Period begins whereby clubs may no longer sign and/or trade their own draft-eligible players until the conclusion of the Expansion Draft.
2:00 PM ET
While Generation adidas and off-budget Homegrown Players are automatically exempt, current MLS clubs may protect up to 11 players from selection in the Expansion Draft. LAFC may select up to five players from the eligible MLS player pool. Only a single player can be drafted from any one club.
3:00 PM ET
|Free Agency Begins|
Out-of-contract players and those who had their contract option declined who were at least 28 years old during the 2017 season and have at least eight years of MLS service are eligible for Free Agency.
3:30 PM ET
|2017 MLS Waiver Draft|
Consisting of players who have been waived by clubs and do not meet minimum years of service requirement for Re-Entry Draft or Free Agency; the draft is conducted in reverse order of 2017 season finish, taking into account postseason performance, with expansion LAFC picking 23rd.
3:00 PM ET
|2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft – Stage 1|
The Re-Entry Draft (both stages) is conducted in reverse order of 2017 season finish, taking into account postseason performance, with expansion club LAFC selecting last.
2:00 PM ET
|2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft – Stage 2|
Stage 2 includes MLS players who were not selected in the Stage 1 draft, but not necessarily all Stage 1 players as they can re-sign with their previous club between stages; teams selecting in this stage have the right to negotiate with the player for a new contract; the format of the draft is conducted in the same manner as Stage 1.