Transfer Deadline Day
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The secondary transfer window closes Wednesday: What it means

With the LA Galaxy securing the transfer of Jonathan dos Santos, Orlando City SC making a trade for Dom Dwyer, and teams like the D.C. United, the Houston Dynamo, Minnesota United FC and New York Red Bulls importing young international talent, the 2017 MLS Secondary Transfer Window has provided plenty of intrigue.

The question remains what will happen next between now and Wednesday. That's when the window closes for the year and the chance ends for MLS teams to add personnel via international transfers or trades between MLS clubs. 

That doesn't completely end the chance for meaningful moves, though. Teams can still sign players who are out of contract or recall players from USL affiliates until the MLS' roster freeze deadline on Sept. 15. Just last season, for example, the Galaxy signed Landon Donovan out of retirement in early September.

Clubs can also transfer players on their books to other teams outside MLS, provided the transfer window is open in the country of the club that is acquiring that player's rights.

This year's two transfer windows – the dates between which MLS may request the (ITC) of a player under contract in another country – were as follows:

  • Primary Transfer Window | Feb. 14 – May 8, 2017  
  • Secondary Transfer Window | July 10 – Aug. 9, 2017   

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