It might be cold in Montréal for the next 2 months and the playoffs look like a distant mirage. But Major League Soccer is keeping all its clubs busy as technical directors, sporting directors and soccer operations staff members will be hibernating in conference rooms and meetings.
After the first MLS (impromptu) Draft, the Dispersal Draft, the Montreal Impact will be looking to acquire new players while getting ready to lose some.
Three days after the MLS Cup Final, the party starts: MLS style.
December 7th - MLS Cup Final
December 10th - Orlando City FC and New York City FC expansion draft, MLS Waiver Draft
December 12th - MLS Re-Entry Draft Phase One
December 18th - MLS Re-Entry Draft Phase Two
January 2nd to January 5th - MLS Superdraft Carribean Combine
January 9th to January 13th - MLS Superdraft Combine
January 15th - MLS Superdraft
Amidst all these important dates, Frank Klopas has many decisions to make as he seeks to bolster his first-team squad. But in the meantime, the club hired his new boss: Adam Braz. The inexperienced but confident new Technical Director has the mandate to refine the club's vision while learning the ABC of MLS's rulebook, cookbook and almanacs.
The timing of his hiring is delicate and "untimely" and it did not appease any fears that the Impact does not seem ready to go through the grueling offseason MLS schedule with an inexperienced technical staff, outside Klopas. While doing so, the transfer market will be bubbling with rumours of players coming from the other side of the pond ; an impact specialty led by Nick de Santis, whose role is beyond the scope of the administrative umbrella he has been moved to.
But on this side of the pond, Patrice Bernier is still unsigned, Aurelien Collin is #IMFC friendly on twitter and Montréal has just hired a new technical director.