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2012 MLS Key Dates

January 6-10
adidas MLS Player Combine, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

January 12, 2012
2012 MLS SuperDraft, Kansas City, Mo.

January 15, 2012
Preseason training camps may begin

January 17, 2012
2012 Supplemental Draft (via conference call)

January 18, 2012
College Senior Discovery Period Begins

January 23, 2012
Primary Registration Window Opens

February 29, 2012
FIFA international date
(friendly; 48-hour release)

March 1, 2012
Roster and Salary Budget Compliance

March 2, 2012
Waiver Draft via Conference Call
All players on previous season rosters included in waiver draft except the following:
 a) those who were previously waived
 b) those with whom the League is currently in active negotiations
 c) those players who refuse to sign with MLS (they will be placed on a Team's right of 1st refusal list), subject to CBA provisions

March 7, 2012
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals (first leg)
Toronto FC vs LA Galaxy
Seattle Sounders FC vs Club Santos Laguna (Mexico)

March 10, 2012
First Kick 2012 presented by Dick's Sporting Goods (MLS Regular Season opens)

March 14, 2012
CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals (second leg)
LA Galaxy vs Toronto FC
Club Santos Laguna vs Seattle Sounders FC

March 27-April 3, 2012
CONCACAF Champions League semifinals
winner Toronto FC-LA Galaxy vs winner Seattle Sounders FC-Santos Laguna

April 16, 2012
Primary Registration Window Closes

April 17-24, 2012
2011/12 CONCACAF Champions League finals

May 2, 2012
Canadian Championship semifinals -- first leg

May 9, 2012
Canadian Championship semifinals -- second leg

May 16, 2012
Canadian Championship finals -- first leg

May 23, 2012
Canadian Championship finals -- second leg

May 29, 2012
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup date
(third round; 16 U.S.-based MLS teams enter)

June 4, 2012
College Protected List Finalized (all college players drafted in the SuperDraft either on a Team's roster or waived as of this date).
 
June 25, 2012
Rosters to be finalized for Roster Guarantee Date (July 1)
 
June 27, 2012
Secondary Registration Window Opens
 
July 1, 2012
Semi-Guaranteed contracts become Guaranteed
 
July 27, 2012
Secondary Registration Window Closes
 
September 14, 2012
Roster Freeze Date -- Trade and Discovery Deadline


 

 

 

 

June 1-5, 2012
FIFA international dates
(2 official matches; 4-5-day release)

June 5, 2012
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup date (round-of-16)

June 8-12, 2012
FIFA international dates
(2 official matches; 4-5-day release)

June 8-July 1, 2012
UEFA EURO 2012 - Poland/Ukraine

June 26, 2012
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup date (quarterfinals)

July 10, 2012
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup date (semifinals)

late July/early August
MLS All-Star Game

July 25-August 11, 2012
2012 Summer Olympic Games, London

July 31-Aug. 2, 2012
2012/13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage (Matchday 1)

August 7 or 8, 2012
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final

August 15, 2012
FIFA international date
(friendly; 48-hour release)

August 21-23, 2012
CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage (Matchday 2)

August 28-30, 2012
CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage (Matchday 3)

September 7-11, 2012
FIFA international dates
(2 official matches; 4-5-day release)

September 18-20, 2012
CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage (Matchday 4)

September 25-27, 2012
CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage (Matchday 5)

October 12-16, 2012
FIFA international dates
(2 official matches; 4-5-day release)

October 23-25, 2012
CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage (Matchday 6)

October 28, 2012
MLS regular season concludes

November 14, 2012
FIFA international date
(friendly; 48-hour release)

December 1, 2012
MLS Cup 2012