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2018 MLS offseason calendar for player moves announced

Curious to know when your team might make moves to secure current players and add players? The league released its 2018 offseason calendar on Thursday, which details what roster moves teams can make and when. While FC Cincinnati fans are circling Dec. 11 on their calendars — when they'll learn which five MLS players they'll land via the Expansion Draft — the following dates will impact all MLS teams as they look to build toward 2019.

2018 MLS Offseason Calendar
November 26
1:00 PM ET
Monday
Option Exercise Deadline
Clubs no longer competing in the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs 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, announced by the teams.
November 30
1:00 PM ET
Friday
Option Exercise Deadline for Non-MLS Cup Participants
Non-MLS Cup participants 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, announced by the clubs.
December 9
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET
Sunday
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 (both non-Re-Entry Draft eligible players and Re-Entry Draft eligible).
Trade tracker
December 9
Noon ET
Sunday
Option Exercise Deadline 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.
December 9
1:00 PM ET
Sunday
Blackout Period begins
Blackout Period begins whereby clubs may no longer sign and/or trade their own draft-eligible players until conclusion of Expansion Draft.
December 11
2:00 PM ET
Tuesday
Expansion Draft
Watch live in the MLS app or on MLSsoccer.com. FC Cincinnati may select up to five players from the eligible MLS player pool. Only a single player can be drafted from any one club. Expansion Draft Rules
December 11
3:00 PM ET
Tuesday
Free Agency Begins
Clubs may engage with players, other than their own, that are eligible for Free Agency. Eligible players include Out of Contract and Option Decline players that meet the age and years-of-service parameters.
December 12
4:00 PM ET
Wednesday
2018 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 Waiver Draft is conducted in reverse order of 2018 season finish, taking into account postseason performance, with expansion FC Cincinnati selecting last. Waiver Draft Rules
December 14
3:00 PM ET
Friday
2018 MLS Re-Entry Draft – Stage 1
The Re-Entry Draft (both stages) is conducted in reverse order of 2018 season finish, taking into account postseason performance, with expansion club FC Cincinnati selecting last. Re-Entry Draft Rules
December 20
2:00 PM ET
Thursday
2018 MLS Re-Entry Draft – Stage 2
The Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 is conducted in the same format as Stage 1 and consists of MLS players who were not selected in the Stage 1. Not necessarily all unselected Stage 1 players will be available as players may re-sign with their previous club between stages or may opt out of the process. Teams selecting players in Stage 2 may negotiate new contracts with the player. Re-Entry Draft Rules
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