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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Disparity in MLS Salaries


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The league minimum salary is $12,900; however, as I glanced over this list, several MLS starters earn only $33,000. Some of their teammates earn many times that figure for doing a similar job.

For example, starting keeper Bouna Coundoul of Colorado earns $33,000. Marc Burch of DC United earns the same salary. One has to wonder, free market factors excluded, if such discrepancies cause resentment. Most players earn under $100,000 per year, and the average salary is close to $130,000. I believe that team salary caps are in the neighborhood of $2.4 million annually.
One can argue that these figures should not be released, but in America, we want to know what the guy at McDonald's is making, along with the CEO of Microsoft. Mostly due to entertainers and other athletes disclosing their salaries, such a practice has become culturally acceptable. These matters used to be confidential.
A few salaries on the top end of the scale:

Juan Pablo Angel (NY): $1.5 million base with a guaranteed compensation of $1.594 million.

David Beckham (LA): $5.5 million base with a guaranteed compensation of $6.5 million.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco (CHI): $2.492 million base with a guaranteed compensation of $2.67 million.

Duilio Davino (DAL): $400,000 both for base and guaranteed compensation.

Dwayne DeRosario (HOU): $325,000 both for base and guaranteed compensation.

Landon Donovan (LA): $900,000 both for base and guaranteed compensation. He is the highest paid American player.

Luciano Emilio (DC): $285,000 base with guaranteed compensation of $313,000.

Marcelo Gallardo (DC): $1.5 million base with a guaranteed compensation of $1.874 million.

Christian Gomez (COL): $385,000 base with a guaranteed compensation of $430,000.

Shalrie Joseph (NE): $300,000 base with a guaranteed compensation of $325,000.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (CLB): $425,000 both for base and guaranteed compensation.

Taylor Twellman (NE): $325,000 base with a guaranteed compensation of $350,000.

For the complete list, in PDF format, from the MLS Players Organization, please click here.

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