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MLS announces 2017 Expansion Draft, key offseason dates

With Major League Soccer Playoffs in full-swing, the league unveiled the 2017 offseason schedule on Tuesday afternoon.

Several key events such as the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft, the upcoming free agency period, the 2017 MLS Waiver Draft, and Re-Entry Draft all were announced via the league’s website.

Current MLS clubs may protect 11 players prior to the Expansion Draft, when LAFC will select five players with a maximum of one player per club.

Here is a full list of the upcoming offseason schedule:

Monday, Nov. 27 – 1 p.m. EST – Option Exercises Deadline
Friday, Dec. 1 – 1 p.m. EST – Option Exercise Deadline for Non-MLS Cup Participants
Sunday, Dec. 10 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST – Half Day Trade Window
sunday, Dec. 10 – 12 EST – Option Exercise Deadline for MLS Cup Participants
Sunday, Dec. 10 – 1 p.m. EST – Blackout Period begins
Tuesday, Dec. 12 – 2 p.m. EST – Expansion Draft
Tuesday, Dec. 12 – 3 p.m. EST – Free Agency Begins
Wednesday, Dec. 13 – 3:30 p.m. EST – 2017 MLS Waiver Draft
Friday, Dec. 15 – 3 p.m. EST – 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft – Stage 1
Thursday, Dec. 21 – 2 p.m. EST – 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft – Stage 2


  1. so ivan– what have you personally done to enhance the growth of soccer in the USA? don garber and the rest of MLS staff have taken the league to almost folding in 2003 with 10 barely surviving teams/2 folded teams and franchises being offered for $3 mill, to a league of 23 in 2018, 26 by 2020, 28 by probably 2022 and franchise fees $150 mill minimum (except beckham’s miami)

    thats quite a dynamic executive leadership of 15 years for a man you claim is a piece of dung!! more needs to be done, but what other professional sports league in the world has made that kind of progress? thats right- NONE!!!

  2. Expansion draft, lol. And they wonder why MLS is a third rate joke of a professional league, more like a pyramid scheme.

    Tell us, almighty Don, about the next “expansion franchise”. Your mercy, wisdom and might are so great, Your Majesty. But, do you know if the football is round or square in shape, you incompetent, corrupt, disgusting POS?

  3. Utter nonsense!!!! This is mls not mlb nfl nba. There is a difference . Soccer is global you cant pretend that american mechanics will work


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