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MLS releases 2014-15 offseason schedule

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Although there are still two-and-a-half rounds of playoff soccer left to be played, Major League Soccer is already looking ahead toward the 2014-15 campaign.

The league released the schedule for the upcoming offseason on Wednesday, including dates for a half-day trade window on Dec. 8 and the Expansion Draft which is set to be held on Dec. 10.

The half-day window will run from 9 a.m. to 1.p.m ET and will allow teams to both resign players and conduct trades with other clubs. That window will then shut before being reopened at the end of the MLS Expansion Draft.

In addition, the offseason will also include a dispersal draft following the demise of Chivas USA, although the league leaves that date to be determined.

Have a look at the full 2014-15 MLS offseason schedule below:

2014-15 MLS Offseason Calendar

TBD – MLS Dispersal Draft for Chivas USA

December 7, 2014 – MLS Cup Final

December 8, 2014 – Half-day Trade Window

December 10, 2014 – MLS Expansion Draft

December 10, 2014 – Trade Window opens at the end of Expansion Draft

December 10, 2014 – MLS Waiver Draft

December 12, 2014 – MLS Re-entry Draft, Phase One

December 12, 2014 – Trade Window opens at the end of Re-entry Draft Phase One

December 18, 2014 – MLS Re-entry Draft, Phase Two

December 18, 2014 – Trade Window opens at the end of Re-entry Draft Phase Two

January 2-5, 2015 – MLS Caribbean Combine

January 9-13, 2015 – MLS Combine

January 15, 2015 – MLS SuperDraft

Comments

  1. Not going to happen, but the CUSA dispersal would be the perfect time to test an open market system within the league. Because MLS owns all the contracts, they could limit outside competition but let teams compete on price within the existing DP and salary cap rules. There are only a couple players that are real difference makers, it’s not like it would totally disrupt the competitive balance. Depending on how it works, perhaps they can start eliminating drafts.

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    • Why would they want to allow clubs to pay lots more money to players that MLS already has under contract?

      This would be like if you owned a company and you let your IT division and your Research division bid on the services of an employee you already have on salary. That just makes no sense to the company, the one paying all the bills.

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      • You’re misunderstanding the suggestion. Players and teams would still be subject to the salary cap, but if a team values a player at more than he was previously earning, the team should be allowed to offer whatever salary they deem appropriate, within the confines of the cap.

        Say, for example, Chivas Player A earned $48,500 with Chivas, but LA values him at $90,000, LA should be able to offer him a new contract. Conversely, Overpaid Chivas Player B may have earned $90,000 at Chivas, but San Jose values him at $60,000 or no deal. They should be able to renegotiate. As it stands now, players under contract will carry their old contracts with them to their new teams. Maybe good for most, but probably a bum deal for some.

      • Ok, you do understand that these things are all collectively bargained, right? That MLS and the players’ union has negotiated all of this, and that neither side can unilaterally change that?

  2. Would be awesome if they had an announcement date for the 2015 regular season schedule too. They did well last year to announce it after the Conference Finals.

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