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Three trade windows, three drafts to reshape roster this week

Now that 2014 is over, the 2015 offseason is about to start in earnest.

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Just last week Seattle Sounders FC declined options on eight players. The pace of player movement action is about to explode. There are three trade windows and three drafts within the next week. All of that is taking place while the looming CBA negotiations start in earnest. General Managers around MLS will have to make moves with certain assumptions as to what the roster rules of 2015 will be.

Here's your guide to December 8-14.

Monday December 8, 2014 - Half-day Trade Window: Open 6 am to 10 am. Teams may trade during that window or may re-sign their own players. Blackout period starts at 10 am runs through the MLS Expansion Draft.

Wednesday December 10, 2014 - MLS Expansion Draft, trade Window opens at the end of Expansion Draft; closes on December 11, 2014, at 2 pm. MLS Waiver Draft for non-RED players.

Friday December 12, 2014 - MLS Re-entry Draft, Phase One, Trade Window opens at the end of Re-entry Draft Phase One; closes on December 17, 2014, at 8 am ET

Seattle's current roster in a quick primary position depth chart.

primary position depth chart dec 7

Seattle also has the rights to the eight players that they declined options on last week, and their single out-of-contract player. Also listed here is the college protected list (in italics). That is players that Seattle drafted and holds MLS rights to through this year. These players could be traded, signed or invited to a training camp for Sounders FC in 2015.

rights held

Judging by primary position alone fullback is very weak, both at depth and for starters. Brad Evans matters, so there is a player who can start there, but it would not surprise to see a move to acquire a depth fullback. Keeper is also weak in depth.

It is unlikely that the moves this week will change to the top 15 or so most used players. But one should expect the depth on the 2015 roster to look significantly different than it did in 2014.

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