Key MLS dates for the Year 2000

January 1 -- International Discovery Period Commences Early Jan. -- 2000 MLS Schedule unveiled January 24 -- Preseason training begins (conditioning and non-ball workouts) February 3-6 -- Umbro Select College All-Star Weekend at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. February 5 -- Umbro Select College All-Star Men's Doubleheader February 6 -- 1999 MLS Draft in Ft. Lauderdale February 8 -- Domestic Discovery Period Commences February 7 -20 -- MLS Spring Training 2000 in Ft. Lauderdale (preseason matches take place Feb. 9-18) March 18 -- Fifth Major League Soccer season begins April mid-April -- U.S. Pro-40 squad kicks off 2000 A-League season. May 1 -- All-Star fan balloting begins May 15 -- Discovery period ends USL Call-Up Registration Deadline June 1 -- Player contracts guaranteed July 11 -- All-Star Head Coaches announced July 15 -- All-Star fan balloting ends July 20 -- All-Star Starters Announced July 24 -- All-Star Reserves Announced July 27-30 -- 2000 MLS All-Star Weekend at Columbus, Ohio July 29 -- 2000 MLS All-Star Game at Columbus August 15 -- Trade Deadline Sept. 10 -- End of MLS regular season (Roster Freeze Date/Rosters set for Playoffs) Sept. 15-24 -- 2000 MLS Playoffs (First Round) Sept. 29 - Oct. 7 -- 2000 MLS Playoffs (Second Round) October 15 -- MLS Cup 2000 - site TBD late-Oct. -- U.S. Open Cup Final - site TBD
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