Atlanta United midfielder Gonzalo Martinez (10) celebrates with Atlanta United defender Julian Gressel (24) after Julian Gressel scored a goal in the first half during the Eastern Conference Final soccer match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. (Hyosub Shin /

Key offseason dates for Atlanta United

With Atlanta United’s 2019 season over, here are key offseason dates for the 2020 season:

Nov. 3: List of players available to Re-entry, Stage 2, are released. These are players who haven’t qualified for free agency and who have not agreed to a new contract with their current club but may want to stay in the league.

Nov. 10: MLS Cup, Toronto at Seattle.

Nov. 11: Trade window opens at 1 p.m.

Nov. 13: Trade window closes at 8 p.m.

Nov. 14: Deadline to make contract extension offers to players.

Nov. 16: List of players available in expansion draft made available at 10 a.m.

Nov. 19: Expansion draft at 5 p.m. Inter Miami and Nashville will select as many as five players each.

Nov. 21: Deadline for clubs to exercise contract options. Atlanta United has several players that fall into this category.

Nov. 22: List of free agents are released. Free-agency eligible players are out-of-contract and option-declined players who are at least 28 years old and who have completed a minimum of eight service years. 

Nov. 22: List of players eligible for Re-entry, Stage 1 is released.

Nov. 25: Waivers are conducted on players who are out of contract.

Nov. 25: Free agency opens at 3 p.m. Atlanta United signed Brek Shea last season. 

Nov. 26:  Re-entry process, Stage 1.

Dec. 3: Re-entry process, Stage 2.

Dec. 9: CONCACAF Champions League draw is held. It will be televised on Univision. Atlanta United will learn its bracket.

Dec. 13, 15: College Cup. The SuperDraft could be held around this time.

Mid-January: MLS full schedule is expected to be released, based upon past releases. The date could be moved up because of the CBA and how MLS compressed this season’s schedule.

Jan. 13: Atlanta United expected to open training camp.

Jan. 15-19: United Soccer Coaches convention in Baltimore. 

Jan. 31: Collective Bargaining Agreement between MLS and MLS Players Association expires.

Feb. 18-20: First round of Champions League games.

Feb. 25-27: Second round of Champions League games.

March 10-12: First leg of Champions League quarterfinals.

March 17-19: Second leg of Champions League quarterfinals.

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