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Important Dates of the Offseason

MLS Cup Playoffs
Sat 13 Nov
Eastern Conference Final 6:30PM PST FSC
Sun 14 Nov Western Conference Final 6 PM PST ESPN2
Fri 19 Nov - Sun 21 Nov
Supporter Summit and other MLS Cup Final events - likely press conferences related to rules/format changes to include MLS Reserve League
Sun 21 Nov MLS Cup Final 5:30 PM PST ESPN

Mon 15 Nov - Sounders end of season media access. Player end of year meetings by end of week.

United States National Team Matches
Wed 17 Nov
- USMNT at South Africa - Friendly, roster
Sat 20 Nov - USWNT at Italy - First Leg World Cup Qualifier
Sat 27 Nov - USWNT hosting Italy - Second Leg World Cup Qualifier

Expansion Draft
Mon 22 Nov
Trade Window Open
Mon 22 Nov Protected Lists Due - Use the Protectinator to let us know who you want to protect.
Wed 24 Nov Expansion Draft

Wed 24 Nov Waiver Draft - For young players (Under 23 and/or with less than 3 years in League) who are not going to be retained by their current teams.

For events of December, January, February and March click on

Thu 2 Dec 7 AM - FIFA Announces 2018 and 2022 World Cup Hosts - If you haven't signed the bid - DO IT.
Fri 3 Dec - Annual Meeting of Sounders FC Alliance
Sat 4 Dec - "Let's Go Mental" ECS End of Year Party

NEW: Sun 12 Dec 1-3PM - Sounder at Heart Gather Yourselves and Get Your Scarves

Re-Entry Draft
Wed 8 Dec Stage One Re-entry Draft - To take an undesired qualifying player at their current contract value, either option or at bona fide value if out-of-contract.
Wed 15 Dec Stage Two Re-Entry Draft - A draft of players at renegotiated contract values who were not drafted in stage one, or who could not come to terms with their team.

This is for amateur players trying to enter the league, either from high school or college.
Fri 17 Dec to Sun 19 Dec - Sounders Host College Combine
Fri 7 Jan to Tue 11 Jan - MLS Combine
Thu 13 Jan - SuperDraft - Sounders with the 13th 11th Pick

USA/Canada Primary Transfer Window
Sat 15 Jan Opening Day to Transfer Under Contract Players to MLS or other USA/Canada based leagues
Fri 15 Apr Transfer Window closes

Sat 22 Jan USMNT Friendly v Chile at Home Depot Center

Training Camps Open
RSL and Columbus, by virtue of their advancement in CCL will open first. Probably about two weeks prior to their match on 22 Feb.
Sounders have not formally announced details, but there is a report they plan to be in Casa Grande, AZ in late Feb again.

Sat 5 Mar to Sat 12 Mar - Carolina Challenge Cup between Charleston Battery, Chicago Fire, DC United and Toronto FC

First Kick 2011
Mid March? The Season is likely to start on a Thursday, and there are rumors that Portland and Seattle will open League play. The other rumor is that it will be New York Red Bulls at Vancouver Whitecaps on ESPN.

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