2016 MLS SuperDraft draft floor
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MLS releases offseason draft calendar; Combine, SuperDraft heading to LA

Major League Soccer announced last week key dates for the 2016-17 offseason, including the opening of the free agency window, Expansion Draft, Re-Entry Draft dates and the opening of the 2017 MLS preseason.

Notably, the MLS Player Combine (Jan. 7-12, 2017) and SuperDraft (Jan. 13, 2017) presented by adidas will take place in the same area for the first time in over a decade. The two events will unfold in Southern California in January, alongside the 2017 convention of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Following the recent MLS Expansion Priority Draft that saw new 2017 team Minnesota United FC take the top spot in the SuperDraft, the top ten spots are now set with the Portland Timbers currently in possession of the 10th overall pick:

1. Minnesota United FC
2. Atlanta United FC
3. Chicago Fire
4. Houston Dynamo
5. Columbus Crew SC
6. San Jose Earthquakes
7. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
8. Orlando City SC
9. Columbus Crew SC
10. Portland Timbers

More info on the timeline for the upcoming offseason, which officially begins following MLS Cup on Dec. 10, can be found below, with full MLS roster rules available here.

2016-17 Offseason Calendar

Sun., Dec. 11 Half-Day Trade Window (6 am - 9 am PT)

No trades involving players will be permitted after 9 am PT up until the conclusion of the Expansion Draft
Mon., Dec. 12 Expansion Draft Protected Player list and eligible Free Agents list released
Tue., Dec. 13 Expansion Draft (11 am PT)

Beginning at 2 pm PT, Free Agents may engage in negotiations with all MLS clubs
Wed., Dec. 14 List of players eligible for selection in the Waiver Draft released
Thu., Dec. 15 Waiver Draft (11 am PT)

Beginning at 2 pm PT, clubs may no longer sign or trade their own Re-Entry Draft eligible players (player-trade blackout window)

List of players available in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft released
Fri., Dec. 16 Re-Entry Draft - Stage 1 (12 pm PT)
Wed., Dec. 21 Starting at 8 am PT, clubs may no longer sign or trade their own Re-Entry Draft eligible players (player-trade blackout window)

List of available players in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft released
Thu., Dec. 22 Re-Entry Draft - Stage 2 (12 pm PT)
Jan. 7-12, 2017 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017 2017 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017 2017 MLS preseason begins