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Happy Thanksgiving, and here's something to be thankful for: It will be a short, busy off-season

Thanks for reading through this third Sounders season.

And if you miss the MLS season already, here's something to be thankful for: The off-season is short. The Sounders are tentatively scheduled to open practice for their fourth season exactly two months from today.

And those two months will be busy.

Dec. 5 and 12 will bring the two-stage re-entry draft for veteran players who options were declined or who are no longer under contract to their existing clubs.

The Sounders’ college combine will be held Dec. 16-18 in Las Vegas.

The new MLS schedule is expected to be released in late December or early January.

The two-round SuperDraft will be held Jan. 12, and the four-round supplemental draft Jan. 17.

The new season will begin March 7 at CenturyLink, as the Sounders meet Santos Laguna of Mexico in the first leg of the quarterfinal round of CONCACAF Champions League.

And there will be lots of new in the new season: new "super cyan" kits, new turf, new keeper, new club in Montreal, new schedule and playof format, and who knows what else.

And then there will be another eight – and the Sounders hope, nine – months of soccer.