Datebook: LAFC picks in MLS Expansion Draft on Dec. 12

Los Angeles Football Club, which will begin MLS play in 2018, will pick five players in the 2017 Expansion Draft on Dec. 12.
 
Generation adidas players and off-budget Homegrown Players are exempt from selection. After that, current MLS clubs may protect 11 players prior to the Expansion Draft. Only a single player can be drafted from any one club.

The MLS Expansion Draft is just one of four player drafts held in December.
 
Nov. 27:
Option Exercise Deadline I. Clubs no longer in the playoffs must notify the League Office in writing of (1) players whose options they are exercising and/or (2) players who are receiving bona fide offers.
 
Dec. 1:
Option Exercise Deadline II. Non-MLS Cup participants must notify the League Office in writing of (1) players whose options they are exercising and/or (2) players who are receiving bona fide offers.

Dec. 10:
Half Day Trade Window. MLS clubs may begin making adjustments to their rosters in a four-hour window in which clubs may sign and trade players. After the window ends at 1 p.m. ET, teams can no longer sign and/or trade their own draft-eligible players until conclusion of Expansion Draft.

Option Exercise Deadline III. MLS Cup finalists must notify the League Office in writing of (1) players whose options they are exercising and/or (2) players who are receiving bona fide offers.

-- List of Free Agents and players eligible for the MLS Expansion Draft released.

Dec. 12:
MLS Expansion Draft.
LAFC may select up to five players from the eligible MLS player pool. Only a single player can be drafted from any one club.

-- The list of players eligible for selection in Waiver Draft released.

Dec. 13:
MLS Waiver Draft.
Consisting of players who have been waived by clubs and do not meet minimum years of service requirement for Re-Entry Draft or Free Agency.

Dec. 14:
-- List of players eligible for selection in the Re-Entry Draft -- Stage 1 released.

Dec. 15:
MLS Re-Entry Draft – Stage 1. The Re-Entry Draft (both stages) is conducted in reverse order of 2017 season finish, taking into account postseason performance, with expansion club LAFC selecting last.

Dec. 20:
-- List of players eligible for selection in the Re-Entry Draft -- Stage 2 released.

Dec. 21:
MLS Re-Entry Draft – Stage 2. Stage 2 includes players who were not selected in the Stage 1 draft, but not necessarily all Stage 1 players as they can re-sign with their previous club between stages.

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