When the San Jose Earthquakes 2014 regular season ended on October 26 at the hands of now-defunct Chivas USA, the business of preparing for 2015 began in earnest. Within a day of that 1-0 defeat at the StubHub Center, new head coach Dominic Kinnear was already on the job in San Jose, busy meeting with general manager John Doyle to discuss the current player roster and looking ahead at evaluating players throughout the month of November during postseason training sessions.
And then, a couple days later, he and Doyle were already talking about the Dispersal Draft of former Chivas USA players. That draft was held on November 20 and allowed the Quakes to net promising young forward Kris Tyrpak. But the addition of Tyrpak will only be the beginning of a roster remodel that could see a host of current Quakes plying their trade elsewhere in 2015. In the coming days, Doyle and Kinnear will announce which player contract options have been exercised and which have not. Thus will begin the busy portion of the MLS offseason calendar.
Expansion Draft, Re-Entry Draft (parts one and two), SuperDraft: the list seems endless, but such is the byzantine system of player selection and allocation in MLS. Want to keep track of the action? Grab your calendars and add the following list to your schedule.
2014-15 San Jose Earthquakes Offseason Calendar
December 7, 2014 - MLS Cup Final
December 8, 2014 - Half-day Trade Window: Open 9 am ET - 1 pm ET. Teams may trade during that window or may re-sign their own players. Blackout period starts at 1 pm ET, runs through the MLS Expansion Draft.
December 10, 2014 - MLS Expansion Draft
December 10, 2014 - Trade Window opens at the end of Expansion Draft; closes on December 11, 2014, at 5 pm ET
December 10, 2014 - MLS Waiver Draft
December 12, 2014 - MLS Re-entry Draft, Phase One
December 12, 2014 - Trade Window opens at the end of Re-entry Draft Phase One; closes on December 17, 2014, at 11 am ET
December 18, 2014 - MLS Re-entry Draft, Phase Two
December 18, 2014 - Trade Window opens at the end of Re-entry Draft Phase Two
January 2-5, 2015 - MLS Caribbean Combine
January 9-13, 2015 - MLS Combine
January 15, 2015 - MLS SuperDraft