Top 100 Salaries in Major League Soccer

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The Top Five Salaries in The MLS

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"MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SALARIES 2010, THE TOP 50"

salary disparity is a way of life. With the advent of the Designated Player rule (allowance for one player to be paid outside of salary cap restraints) salaries for top earners have increased, but for the majority of players salaries are still low. For example, David Beckham, a Designated Player, can earn millions, while others, like Steven Lenhart, a rookie (development player), can earn as little as $12,900 a year. As of 2008 the salary cap for each team was set at 2.3 million. For American players the MLS has been a great way to gain experience as a pro before trying their luck in Europe. The trick for the MLS in the future will be to find ways to retain their best talent. In all likelihood this will mean higher salaries. Below is a list of the top 100 earners in Major League Soccer.

#1. David Beckham (Designated Player), Los Angeles Galaxy- 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $6,500,000.04

Fair Value - Beckham has been a godsend at the gate and has generated new revenue streams for the league, but his impact on the field has been uneven. Since coming to the MLS two years ago Beckham's team, the LA Galaxy, has missed the playoffs both years. Beckham, to his credit, has played hard, but injury and a less than stellar supporting cast has hurt his team.

#2. Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Designated Player), Chicago Fire - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $2,666,778.00

Fair value - The minute Blanco arrived in Chicago things started to turn around. He is temperamental and floats in and out games, but he simply does things that most can't do. His impact on the Fire and the league has been first rate.

#3. Marcelo Gallardo(Designated Player), DC United - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $1,874,006.00

Overpaid - Gallardo has spent one season in the MLS, but injury and lackluster performance have negated his impact on what was hoped to be a dynamic team. In fairness, Gallardo was injured for a large part of the season, but even when healthy, he did not seem to inspire or creatively impact his team in a way that one would expect from a Designated Player.

#4. Juan Pablo Angel (Designated Player), NY Red Bulls - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$1,593,750.00

Fair value - Juan Pablo Angel consistently delivers goals in big games. He is worth every penny of his salary.

#5. Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $900,000.00

Underpaid - Donovan scored 20 goals in 2008 and is the most feared offensive talent in the league. The only drawback for Donovan is that his team, The LA Galaxy under-performs, but unlike his teammate Beckham who makes 6.5 million, Donovan doesn't even crack the million mark.

FOR MORE MLS ANALYSIS CHECK OUT "MLS Eleven"

Players #6- #10

#6. Claudio Lopez (Designated Player), Kansas City Wizards - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $820,000.00

Overpaid - Lopez is a crafty and intelligent player, but his impact on the team does not equate to the salary he is making. There are plenty of players listed below that offer much more to their team.

#7. Luciano Emilio (Designated Player) DC United - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $758,857.14

Fair value- Before 2008 Emilio was severely underpaid. Midway through the season DC United gave him a substantial pay raise, giving him the type of contract he deserved. His goal production over the past two years has been tremendous. He is worth every bit of his salary.

#8. Carlos Ruiz, Toronto FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $460,000.00

Overpaid - Ruiz has never recaptured the form of his early years in the league. He is inconsistent and not nearly as productive as he was in the past.

#9. Christian Gomez, Colorado Rapids - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $430,000.00

Overpaid - Gomez spent time on the bench this year because the team simply played better without him on the field.

#10. Duilio Davino, FC Dallas - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $400,000.00

Overpaid - Is Davino the best defender in the league? Not even close.

Players #11 - #20

#11. Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus Crew - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $375,000.00

Under paid - Schelotto was the best player in the league in 2008. This contract was a steal for the Columbus Crew.

#12. Darren Huckerby, San Jose Earthquakes - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $355,000.00

Underpaid - Watch any San Jose game for two minutes and you will instantly know who the most dangerous man on the pitch is. Huckerby should have asked for more.

#13. Taylor Twellman, New England Revolution - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $350,008.00

Fair value - This was a tough year for Twellman. Injuries plagued him all year long, making it difficult for him to impact games. Despite his difficulties the man has proven himself to be a goal scoring machine. One of the best goal scorers in MLS history.

#14. Carl Robinson, Toronto FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $330,000.00.

Fair value - Rock solid performer on a team that needs as many rocks as it can get.

#15. Shalrie Joseph, New England Revolution - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $325,000.00

Underpaid - Why is this guy in the MLS? He is the best defensive midfielder in the MLS by a mile. He deserves the big payday in Europe.

#16. Dwayne DeRosario, Houston Dynamo - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $324,999.00

Underpaid - Although this year wasn't DeRosario's best, he still deserves a serious jump in salary. When DeRosario is on his game, he is one of the few players in the MLS who can change a game through creative genius.

#17. Pablo Mastroeni, Colorado Rapids - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $318,000.00

Fair value - Very experienced player who defends well and when need be can support and sustain attacking soccer.

* Mastroeni just signed a new contract, numbers were not available upon publication of this article.

#18. Jamie Moreno, DC United - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $275,000.00

Fair value - Most productive goal scorer in MLS history, enough said.

#19. Dave Van Den Bergh, NY Red Bulls - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $274.583.33

Fair Value - Fantastic player two way player who never seems to get the credit he deserves.

#20. Ronnie O'Brien, San Jose Earthquakes - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $258,750.00

Fair Value - Struggled with injury in Toronto before this season, but rebounded nicely in San Jose. A very dynamic attacking player who can win a game on his own.

Players #21- #40

#21. Ante Razov, Chivas USA - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $258,750.00

#22. Jeffery Cunningham, FC Dallas - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $257,500.00

#23. Gonzalo D. Martinez, DC United - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - 244,750.00

#24. Fred Carreiro da Silva, DC United - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - 242,000.00

#25. Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- $240,000.00

#26. Brian Ching, Houston Dynamo - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- 231,000.00

#27. Ricardo Clark, Houston Dynamo - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - 225,000.00

#28. Jimmy Conrad, Kansas City Wizards - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- 225,000.00

#29. Jovan Kirovski, San Jose Earthquakes - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- $220,000.00

#30. Ben Olson, DC United - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- $215,000.00

#31. Tomasz Frankowski, Chicago Fire - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $214,250.00

#32. Joe Cannon, San Jose Earthquakes - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- $213,000.00

#33. Rohan Ricketts, Toronto FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $212,504.00

#34.Dema Kovalenko, Real Salt Lake - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- 207,618.75

#35. Francisco Lima, San Jose Earthquakes - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- $207,000.00

#36. Ramiro Corrales, San Jose Earthquakes - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- 202,500.00

#37. Josh Wolff, Kansas City Wizards - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - 200,000.04

#38. Justin Mapp, Chicago Fire - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- $200,000.00

#39. Gonzalo D. Peralta, DC United - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $199,000.00

#40. Eduardo Dominguez, LA Galaxy - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $192,000.00

Players #41- #60

#41. Juan Pietravallo, NY Red Bulls - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- $192,000.00

#42. Conor Casey, Colorado Rapids - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- $190,008.00

#43. Brian McBride, Chicago Fire - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation- $189,333.25

#44. Amado Guevara, Toronto FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation $185,750.00

#45. Dejair Ferreira, Chivas USA - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - 185,230.77

#46. Jim Brennan, Toronto FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$183,250.00

#47. Louis Crayton, DC United - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $175, 857.14

#48. Arturo Alvarez, San Jose Earthquakes - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $175,587.50

#49. Pat Noonan, Columbus Crew - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$175,008.00

#50. Frankie Hejduk, Columbus Crew - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $175,000.00

#51. Nate Jaqua, Houston Dynamo - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $174,125.00

#52.Pat Onstad, Houston Dynamo - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$173,000.00

#53. Terry Cooke, Colorado Rapids - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation $172,500.00

#54. Kerry Zavagnin, Kansas City Wizards - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $169,400.00

#55. Daniel Dichio, Toronto FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $165,625.00

#56. Brian Mullan, Houston Dynamo - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $165,552.50

#57. Eddie Gaven, Columbus Crew - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$165,000.00

#58. Wilman Conde, Chicago Fire - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $163,500.00

#59. Victor Sikora, Dallas FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $163,285.71

#60. Matt Reis, New England Revolution - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$161,250.00

Player #61- #80

#61. Chris Albright, New England Revolution - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $160,000.00

#62. Raphael Wicky, Chivas USA - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$159,583.29

#63. Jesse Marsch, Chivas USA - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$159,375.00

#64. Greg Sutton, Toronto FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$157,562.50

#65. Gabriel Cichero, NY Red Bulls - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $157,500.00

#66. Richard Mulrooney, Houston Dynamo - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $157,500.00

#67. Edson Buddle, LA Galaxy - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$157,000.00

#68. Tyrone Marshall, Toronto FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $153,750.00

#69. Sasha Victorine, Chivas USA - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $153,750.00

#70. Kevin Hartman, Kansas City Wizards - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $150,000.00

#71. Chris Klein, LA Galaxy - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $150,000.00

#72. Marvell Wynne, Toronto FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$150,000.00

#73. Steve Ralston, New England Revolution - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $150,000.00

#74. Drew Moor, Dallas FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $149,188.89

#75. Wade Barrett, Houston Dynamo - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $148,838.00

#76. Chad Marshall, Columbus Crew - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $148,000.00

#77. MIchael Parkhurst, New England Revolution - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $147,882.50

#78. Ivan Guerrero, DC United - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $147,000.00

#79. Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$145,500.00

#80.Kenny Deuchar, Real Salt Lake - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $145,000.00

Players #81- #100

#81. Gino Padula, Columbus Crew - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$145,000.00

#82. Nick Garcia, San Jose Earthquakes - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $142,812.00

#83. Peter Vagenas, LA Galaxy - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $144,000.00

#84. Tom McManus, Colorado Rapids - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $140,462.50

#85. Dario Sala, Dallas FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $139,875.00

#86.Pablo Ricchetti, Dallas FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $138,625.00

#87. Gabriel Badilla, New England Revolution - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $138,000.00

#88. Claudio Suarez, Chivas USA - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $137,500.00

#89. Quavas Kirk, DC United - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $136,500.00

#90. Nikolas Besagno, Real Salt Lake - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $136,500.00

#91. Patrick Nyarko, Chicago Fire, - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $135,000.00

#92. Andre Rocha , Dallas FC - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$135,000.00

#93. Mike Petke, Colorado Rapids - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $133,000.00

#94. Eddie Robinson, Houston Dynamo - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$131,250.00

#95. Alecko Eskandarian, Chivas USA - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $131,041.25

#96. Alejandro Moreno, Columbus Crew - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation -$131,000.00

#97. Chance Myers, Kansas City Wizards - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $130,000.00

#98. Sacha Kljestan, Chivas USA - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $128,000.00

#99.Nat Borchers, Real Salt Lake - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - $127,500.00

#100. Brian Carroll, Columbus Crew - 2008 MLS Guaranteed Compensation - 126,250.00

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Comments 18 comments

Tensteps profile image

Tensteps 8 years ago

During his younger years playing here in England for Man Utd, Beckham was regarded as possibly the best dead ball taker in the world, and his pixel perfect crossing was the saviour of many a game. He also gave 100 percent, unlike some of his team mates.

But now his name is probably more value to a club than his actual footballing abilities.  Brand Beckham is world famous and can inject interest and revenue into a club like no other.

In fact, many believe he went to the US to begin his retirement away from the cut throat world of European football where his prowess on the pitch was increasingly coming under fire from both the fans and press alike. 

The question is does he bring in more than he takes out, and if so, what are Galaxy doing with the money?

 


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sschilke 8 years ago Author

Tensteps,

The LA Galaxy have profitted off Beckham, but can not sighn anymore players because they have no salary cap room. With Donovan potentially leaving for Bayern, there may be some room for additional signings.

sschilke


mirha494 7 years ago

I live in Europe and a lot of people here see the MLS as something for players that have passed their best year’s long time ago. Beckham is an exception but a lot of the players joining the MLS just do it for money and to earn some extra $ before retiring.


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sschilke 7 years ago Author

mirha94,

It's true that European players have done this in the past, but there are some players out of the the Championship in England who have come over who are younger (not at the end of the line) and looking for a different experience. The MLS is a young league and has its deficiencies, but Europeans on the whole undervalue the quality of the league. There is a lot of young talent coming into the league from South America and Africa and these players, unlike European players, see the MLS as a viable option, a postive step in their career. Over time, and as the salary cap expands younger European players will start coming also, but that is a few years off.

Thanks for your reply,

sschilke


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Drake's Compass 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Hi sschilke!

Do you think that MLS has reached Top 10 world league status yet? Based solely (and this is but one measure) on the performance of its players at the last World Cup, I would have to say no. I'm just learning about the international pro leagues, and would love to learn more!


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sschilke 7 years ago Author

Drake's Compass,

The MLS is not one of the top 10 at this point. Over the past 5 years the quality in the MLS has improved, but it will take another 10 years before it can crack the top 10. I see it somewhere between 15 and 25.

sschilke


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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

Horray for free enterprise. The players are worth whatever someone is willing to pay.


Drake's Compass 7 years ago

Thank you for your feedback and for joining my fan club, sschilke! Let's hope MLS can keep improving.


ryankett 7 years ago

Jim Brennan and Carl Robinson are also players that played over here for Norwich, didn't rate either of them to be honest, nowhere near Huckerby in terms ability.


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JPSO138 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Very interesting hub. I will surely read the rest of your hub.


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

wow....amazing salaries. I think they are like actor.


ryankett 7 years ago

Any plans to write more soccer hubs sschilke?


Raul 6 years ago

I think when FIFA demanded the USA to have a pro league after World Cup USA 1994 and MLS deveated from "IFAB rules and standards" was not a good beginning. MLS try to invent their own soccer game and real hard core soccer fans did not bite.


jameshardley2002 6 years ago

They are getting paid like astronauts.


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plkshooter 5 years ago

nice info should be updated there are are a couple new players like Henry that are definetly high earners


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samtenabray 5 years ago from uk

Would love to see the updated list with Raphael Marquez, Torsten Frings, Danny Koevermans, Robbie Keane and of course Thierry Henry, great hub though with a lot of information!


ben 4 years ago

A lot of these guys make significantly less. Some less than 50 or 40 K.


Elvin 21 months ago

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