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Mark Your Calendar: Key Dates for the MLS Offseason

Four drafts, a combine, and the pre-season are just around the corner.

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Mark your calendars, folks, the MLS offseason schedule is here.

Though the offseason won’t arrive until after the MLS Cup on December 10, the league recently released a rundown of key dates for the coming hiatus.

2016

December 11
Half-day Trade Window. No trades involving players will be permitted after 12 pm ET up until the conclusion of the Expansion Draft.

December 12
Expansion Draft Protected Player list and eligible Free Agents list released.

December 13
Expansion Draft (2pm ET).
5 pm ET: Free Agents may engage in negotiations with all MLS clubs.

December 14
List of players eligible for selection in the Waiver Draft released.

December 15
Waiver Draft (2pm ET).
5 pm ET, clubs may no longer sign or trade their own Re-Entry Draft eligible players (player-trade blackout window).
List of players available in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft released.

December 16
Re-Entry Draft - Stage 1 (3 pm ET)

December 21
11 am ET, clubs may no longer sign or trade their own Re-Entry Draft eligible players (player-trade blackout window). List of available players in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft released.

December 22
Re-Entry Draft - Stage 2 (3 pm ET).

2017

January 7-12
2017 adidas MLS Player Combine.

January 13
2017 MLS SuperDraft in Los Angeles, presented by Adidas.

January 23
2017 MLS preseason begins.

February 9
Minnesota United FC v Vancouver Whitecaps - Portland, OR - 7:00pm CT

February 12
Minnesota United FC v Portland Timbers - Portland, OR - 7:00pm CT

February 15
Minnesota United FC v Real Salt Lake - Portland, OR - 7:00pm CT

Already marking your calendar for each and every key date? Completely overloaded on drafts to keep straight? Let me know in the comments below.