Ben Solomon

MLS Secondary Transfer Window Now Open

The league's secondary transfer window opens on Tuesday, July 10 and runs through August 8.

The transfer window allows MLS teams to request the transfer certificate of a player under contract in another country.

“There’s been a few roster meetings over the last days," Head Coach Chris Armas said on Wednesday. "Things have been ramped up obviously, so we’re prepared. And we’ve never been this prepared to be honest. Benjamin, our head scout, we have now a scouting team and we love it. We are more prepared than ever. Of course, we look around the field and we’re looking to improve. We have some options and [Sporting Director] Denis [Hamlett] can talk further about that, but we’re excited to make our team better.”

Teams can still make trades that do not involve players – that is: swap draft picks, roster spots, allocation money and other assets – outside the two windows. Clubs may also transfer or loan their players to non-MLS clubs at any time, subject to the transfer window of the recipient club's national federation and subject to the consent of the player.

"Per FIFA regulations, MLS teams are able to request International Transfer Certificates (ITC) from players' former clubs to complete signings, loans and transfer deals. While deals can otherwise be completed outside the transfer windows, receipt of a player's ITC is required in order to add players to official rosters and for those players to be eligible to play in competitive matches," according to Major League Soccer.

The New York Red Bulls added Fidel Escobar and Daniel Royer during the secondary transfer window over the past two seasons, respectively, during the summer.