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MLS puts transfer window on hold

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There’s no word on when it might reopen.

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The Coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly all facets of soccer, from games on the field to training to even community service efforts. Front office wheeling and dealing is no exception.

On Tuesday, Major League Soccer revealed that the the winter transfer window has been put on hold indefinitely. In fact the MLS disclosed that the window has been postponed since the league went on hiatus back in March.

The transfer windows are the periods during which teams can sign and register players from teams outside the country. The winter window is the primary — and longest — window, lasting around 90 days. The summer window typically lasts about a month.

The league originally suspended games on March 12 for 30 days, but has extended that through at least June 8. That is well past the end of the winter transfer window on May 5, and approximately a month before the summer window is to begin on July 7.

During this hold, no player transfers are allowed, though the league did announce two homegrown signings that were completed before the hold went into effect. It’s unclear why the league did not announce the moratorium at the time.

According to the report, the days lost during the hold will be added back once the transfer market is safe to reopen. The league did not indicate what benchmarks need to be met for that to happen.