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Saturday, May 5, 2007

Best Paid Players in the MLS

According to a story by Sports YA, here are the top paid players in the MLS:

David Beckham: LA Galaxy, $6.5 million base salary. *

Cuahtemoc Blanco: Chicago Fire, $2.5 million base salary. *

Juan Pablo Angel: Red Bull NY, $1.6 million base salary.

Claudia Reyna: Red Bull NY, $1.25 millon base salary.

Landon Donovan: LA Galaxy: $900,000 base salary.

Eddie Johnson: KC Wizards: $875,000 base salary.

Freddie Adu, Real Salt Lake: $550,000 base salary.

If I recall properly from last year, the average MLS salary was about $100,000 per year. Many starters earned much less than this figure. The salary cap for each team is a little over $2 million, although each team may use a designated player (Beckham Rule) to exceed the salary cap. Usually, it is one player, but in the case of NY, it is two.

Reference

Blanco, The Second Best Paid Player in the MLS, 5 May 2007, Sports YA.

* Have not yet made their debuts in Major League Soccer.

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