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Okay, as promised yesterday, we've got some tasty MLS info for you. The players' salary list is out and unlike previous years when this pesky reporter had to beg and plead with his sources (players, agents, GMs) for a prized copy and a big scoop, the union has decided to share it with everyone at once. Here is a direct link to the list.

I can tell you that Beckham's base salary is $5.5 million and he is guaranteed $6.5 million from MLS. This, of course, does not include all the incentives, marketing deals, profit-sharing etc. that were promised by Anschutz Entertainment Group when he signed the deal earlier this year. As you already know from reading the Insider, the minimum salary for senior roster players is $30,000 and all developmental players are earning $12,900 or $17,700.

After scanning the list, please come back here and share your thoughts.

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2007; 9:35 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Comments

Any Chance that we make a run at Kasey Keller, I appreciate troy perkins but Keller would solve the issues we have on the backline and we still haven't used the 2 DP slots ?? what has a better chance keller or a new stadium ??

Posted by: frankie bones | May 4, 2007 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Keller very unlikely here.
New stadium very unlikely anywhere ;-)

Posted by: Goff | May 4, 2007 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Well Steve, the players union found a way to neutralize your persistence. Sorry about that, but kudos for forcing their hand.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | May 4, 2007 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Geez. You'd think they'd make it easier by providing an Excel spreadsheet so that we could sort by base, guaranteed, position, etc.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Which number counts against the cap? The base salary or the guaranteed compensation?

Posted by: AB | May 4, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

we only have one DP allotment and it'd be stupid to use it on kasey keller

Posted by: pat | May 4, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Glad the league continues to keep salary costs in line but MLS would ideally be able to pay young roster players more than they do. More than a handful earn less than $13K!!!

Surprised that JPA earns only 1.5; also thought Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Carlos Marinelli would cost more than the $150-165K range. Dane Richards at 30K must be one of the best values for his salary.

Posted by: 12th man | May 4, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Greg Vanney and Ronnie O'Brien make way too much money for MLS players.

Posted by: DC United Fan | May 4, 2007 10:23 AM | Report abuse

TFC is overpaying for that O record. With that said, DC is too. Glad we got rid of Freddy's 500K dollar figure. Alecko and Santino are doing well for themselves too. Mathis making 400K, wow! No wonder Twellman and Shalrie want more coin. What has Jay Heaps done to deserve 100+? I guess a Duke degree will do that for ya.

Posted by: London Dan | May 4, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Casal makes more than Robert Boswell? Maybe bobbyboswell.com should put up some annoying banner adds on the website to make some extra cash...

Posted by: NW FC | May 4, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

AP,

I'm not sure either the base salary or the guaranteed compensation counts against the cap. Reason being, Mathis' base salary is $270K and his guaranteed comp is $410K but only $80K to $100K will count against the teams' cap.

Posted by: 12th man | May 4, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Has it been released what the salary "budget" cap is?

Posted by: Bonji | May 4, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Wotta difference between some of the regular starters and the marquee ones.

Goff, that article you wrote a few weeks back about the five DCU players living in the same house now makes a lot more sense.

Posted by: Juan-John | May 4, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Quite surprised that Boswell makes so little. And Carroll has been underperforming for that amount of money.

Posted by: DC fan | May 4, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Andy Gruenebaum is the most productive player for what he gets paid. TFC overpaid for several of their canadians and 2nd tier british players, but they got dichio for a decent price.

Posted by: shawn | May 4, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"I'm not sure either the base salary or the guaranteed compensation counts against the cap. Reason being, Mathis' base salary is $270K and his guaranteed comp is $410K but only $80K to $100K will count against the teams' cap."

Posted by: 12th man | May 4, 2007 10:28 AM

Part of Mathis salary is still being paid by RSL. That's why all of it doesn't count on the cap.

This is the grandfather year. Next year....not so much. NYRB will need to hustle and cut to get cap compliant.

Posted by: Not so Much | May 4, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Why isn't anyone complaining about Erpen making more than $100k?

Posted by: Josh | May 4, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

-Guillermo Schelletto only is going to make $150grrr in Columbus, wow! We need more former Argentine players!

-Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Harrington of KC makes $36k.

-EJ took home $875grr for his 6 goals last season.

-Adam Cristman who's started several games for the Revs makes more at his night job managing at McDonalds than the $17,7k he gets from MLS.

-MLS wouldn't take a $1million dollar transfer fee for Shalrie Joseph who makes $180grr?
-Claudio Reyna is the most expensive American in the league at $1.25mill

-Nik Besagno makes $111grr to play in the MLS Reserves league. His reserves teammates make less than minimum wage.

-Carl Robinson, the worst performer to date for TFC makes the most money at $315k. Gotta love that!

Posted by: Drew, Rochester | May 4, 2007 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Arguez gets 45K but they couldnt offer Needham better? Must the Nats experience.

The reason Boz makes 30K is because he declined the new offer they made him (makes sense for him because he can probably go abroad sooner and make $$). Perkins salary would have looked similar to Boz's but he did the new deal.

Posted by: darth hater | May 4, 2007 10:52 AM | Report abuse

(Math may be off, but...)
Total Guaranteed Payroll:
LAG: $9,179,948.56 ($2,679,948.52 w/o Becks)
NYRB: $4,896,656.83
DCU: $2,127.103.00

Posted by: EdTheRed | May 4, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Addlery makes more than Boz? Gomito is NOT our highest paid player? Moreno still makes 250k?

Some pretty interesting info there. Do you plan on asking KP some questions about the payroll? It'd be interesting to see what he has to say about which salaries the club is considering raising (I'm thinking particularly of Boswell).

Posted by: Max in Haiti | May 4, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Max in Haiti:

Gomez and Boswell have refused to sign new contracts, so they are still playing on their old contracts. Gomez seems to want the DP slot and Bos seems to be holding out for possible Euro glory...or something.

I do seem to remember Goff reporting that Gomez was offered a new contract that would have paid him around $325,000 or so.

Posted by: dcsundevil2002 | May 4, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Bobby's paying the price for not agreeing to a new long-term contract, but if I were his age and had seen MLS keep Shalrie Joseph from going to Celtic, I'd probably be willing to forgo one good earning year to keep open my option to go to Europe over their objections, too. I'm not a big Erpen-basher -- I thought he did OK last night -- but he's definitely not worth his salary to us -- pretty much every regular player he out-earns plays more consistently than he does. And it looks like Nick took a pay cut to go to RSL -- we should get him back.

Posted by: MM | May 4, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Some Interesting stats:

Total of Base Salaries is $37,448,178 while total Compensation is $41,458,823.

Average base salary is $104,312.48, while average compensation is $115,806.77.

The salary structure is heavily top-weighted however. The mean salary (both base and total compensation) is $47,500. There are four people making over $mil per year, while 57 people are making $12,900, 36 making $17,700, and 32 more makeing the senior roster minimum of $30,000 for a total of 125, or 35% of all players, making senior roster minimum or less.

Posted by: Rick in Ashburn | May 4, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

thank you mr. goff, good work as always. for everyone's convenience, i converted the file to excel for better usability. accessible here: web.missouri.edu/~kma347/

Posted by: kurt | May 4, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

And it looks like Nick took a pay cut to go to RSL -- we should get him back.

Put down that crackpipe...Nick is not a reliable 'keeper over the longterm (his technique is shambolic). Perkins WAS better, at least last season. The problem is maintaining that level of quality.

My heart went into de-fib every time Nicky came out to challenge for a high ball...a roll of the dice. He is a tremendous athlete, which is why he gets away with bad technique a bad positioning. But he gets punished way too often. As much as I despise him, Matt Reis is prime example of a prudent, stable quality keeper with solid technique who keeps his wits in the box, keeps his quality up, and rarely lapses into bad habits.

Posted by: Butterfingers | May 4, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Dear Rick in Ashburn,

Please see me immediately.

Your Boss.

P.S. You have to re-do all of your work because it includes the salary for the now retired Jason Kries.

Posted by: Lies, damn lies, and spreadsheets | May 4, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I think that you really have to question the amount of money that Chicago is throwing at Blanco.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

So for Blanco, that will be perhaps $1 million per useless bunnyhop move?

I hate him...somebody throw a bottle at him.

Posted by: Erick | May 4, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Toronto won't be competitive for several years with some of the salaries they have filling up the cap.

Anyone know if the players get extra for playing in tournaments like the Superliga? I know they have to participate in the CONCACAF Cup and other USSF contests but Superliga seems like a purely for-profit deal from MLS.

Posted by: JJ | May 4, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I earn more than Bobby Boswell. I'm beginning to finally feel as if I'm finding some success in life now. :P

Posted by: Twoste | May 4, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Robbie Rogers at only 50k is a surprise, especially when compared to other Americans who have come back from Europe to bigger paydays (Miglioranzi, Cooper, Casey).

Among others, Martino, Parke and Grabavoy are good bargains.

Posted by: Andrew | May 4, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Anyone notice Shaka Hislop making 220K+? Wow. Given that much cheese, I am a bit surprised there was talk of him retiring to take over Howard's soccer program.

Posted by: Dan Y. | May 4, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

DCU Observations:
1 - Both Emilio and Fred are making a decent amount more than I thought that SG reported when they signed
2 - Gomez and Boswell's refusal to sign new contracts has them looking underpaid quite a bit (especially Boz)
3 - I thought that Casal might be getting more than he is.
4 - Arguez got a good deal as a generation Adidas player
5 - Willis as a senior developmental player - it is a bit strange for DCU to give an undrafted college player a senior contract

Here is the skinny on DCU salary $ (Knepe is not listed as he was just signed yesterday but I included him in my numbers - as a supplemental draft pick, I am sure that he got the developmental minimum):

DCU Senior Roster
Base Salary - $1,840,048
Base & Guaranteed - $1,966,673 [this amount is the one which is used for salary cap purposes based on everything that I have read on the topic - the cap limit is somewhere between $2.1M - $2.2M per Soccer America)

DCU Total Roster
Base Salary - $2,015,548
Base & Guaranteed - $2,172,123

Posted by: Zman | May 4, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Bedrossian (Fire) @ $185K is stealing money - what a waste of $$$$.

Posted by: Eric Z | May 4, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

He's a "rev"olting thought or two:

* Andy Dorman, who scored 4 goals and notched 10 assists in 2006, received a salary increase of $1,470 from 2006 to 2007. In comparison, Revolution back-up goalkeeper Doug Warren received a salary increase of $20,000 from 2006 to 2007. as in the race for the Budweiser Golden Boot.

* Daniel Hernandez, who for his 7 games and 429 total minutes played in 2006 earned him about $155,000, and who complained during the off-season about taking a salary cut, has only seen his salary reduced by $1,250 from 2006. To this point, Hernandez has not played one minute of the 2007 season.

* Three Revolution starters - Andy Dorman, James Riley, and Jeff Larentowicz - are all making about 30K each for 2007.

It boggles the mind sometimes...

Carter Hayes

Posted by: Carter | May 4, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Not sure why it got erased, but I was trying to say that Andy Dorman currently sits in 3rd place in the race for the League goal-scoring title.

Posted by: Carter | May 4, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone up for a swop of Chad Marshall for Erpen? So since we have some cap space maybe we can try to get Eddie Lewis if we stick with four in the back.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 4, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

$900K for Landon Donovan is too much.

Posted by: greg | May 4, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Many quality keepers in the MLS. Why would anyone spend over a million on Keller? What extra does he provide? Spend it on better mids.

Posted by: Matt | May 4, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, makes you wonder why more Americans don't head overseas, even to a lower-level leagues like in Scandanavia. These salaries are really, really low for professional athletes.

Posted by: Chaz | May 4, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see the front office salary list.

That'd be interesting!

Posted by: JSF | May 4, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Keller is not going to solve any of our defensive problems. He too old to be the athletic keeper to go one on one on a breakaway with a player and win. What he can do is sit on his line and make saves from there, but I only find him nominally better than Perkins in this part of his career. Perkins isnt the problem, its the three or four in front of him that are to be blamed for all but one goal recently.

As for salaries, I find it insulting that Bobby Boswell and Troy Perkins are stuck making the minimum salary after such good years, MLS need to make some sort of contract increase that automatically kicks in for players that make an impact, like arbitration or something. Its insulting to pay two of your best players less than some rookies who havent done anything yet.

Posted by: Barra Brava Funny Man | May 4, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

wow, dallas has twice the base salary and guaranteed comp than anyone else in the league (8 million and 9 million respectively, with the next closest being fellow hunt sports group team columbus with 4 million plus in each). no wonder everyone wants to play in the big D.

Posted by: kurt | May 4, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

There are a few things that really jump out at me:

- Bedrossian, who from what I recall has made all of 1 appearance for Chicago, makes $175K. Thiago, another attacking midfielder for the same team that is ahead of Bedrossian in the pecking order, makes $44,100.
- Orlando Perez makes $70K. I know he's been around for awhile, but he hasn't been a starter in MLS for like 5 years (back before he played half a season here). How did he get the raises?
- Greg Vanney makes $216,667? I'm guessing he's made about that since he returned to MLS from France, but you'd think someone would have renegotiated by now.
- Arturo Alvarez, a veteran of 4 years, makes $32,819 (even with his youth nats background).
- Patrick Ianni makes $70K in base pay and gets $33K more in guaranteed compensation. $103,000...has he even managed 103 minutes of MLS play?
- Scott Sealy is on $33K? That's got to be one of the best bargains at forward in MLS.
- Gavin Glinton, a former MLS washout who was only picked up to fill out LA's roster at the end of last season, makes $50K. Good work, Alexi.
- Andy Dorman makes $30,870. Best bargain in MLS?
- Nik Besagno makes $75K. Yes, RSL took him first in the 2005 draft, but the only thing good about that pick was that it showed us that RSL will do dumb things. Why not just have a money bonfire in the Rice-Eccles parking lot?
- Greg Sutton, virtually laughed out of MLS during his first stint, makes $125K. Sure, he's a national team keeper, but still.
- Toronto's payroll makes me wonder if Mo Johnston just used all of his brainpower taking players for ransom during the expansion draft, and then just agreed to whatever the players' agents suggested.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | May 4, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

so it raises the question. Say you allocate $100,000 more to each team in 08 for regular alaries (just to make a nice round number) are you better off raising the minimums as a league, or spending that on one bigger name player?

Posted by: northzax | May 4, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

It's not mindboggling that some players didn't get a increase from last year. MLS would be dumb to just give away money. I'm sure if most of those players wanted a new contract, they could get one - but they'd have to EXTEND their contract for more years. Players like Bocanegra and Ryan Nelsen have waited out their contracts (paying less than 6 figures while being the best defenders in the league) to leave on a free transfer.

Posted by: undrafted | May 4, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Andy Dorman at $30K must be the steal of the league. He's been in the league a few years so he must be trying to play his contract out (unless some of these aren't accurate).

Posted by: Arse83 | May 4, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

How many more years will take the league to start paying these players real professional sport salaries??? As a wise man once said, "Show me the money!!!" If MLS starts to gradually increase the salary cap, more American kids who are on the fences when it comes to picking soccer as their professional sport to play, will be enticed to do so. Same thing with younger foreign talent. Show them the money, and they will come!!!!

Posted by: DC United Fan | May 4, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

DC definitely should have looked at these players in the summer to sign
D - Dasan Robinson - 42K
D - Ugo Ihemelu - 55K
RW/F - Calen Carr - 50K
RW/F - Ngwenya - 62K
F - Scott Sealy - 33K!!!

esp. if john wilson (40K) never had a chance of playing, same goes for jamil walker (30K)

Posted by: joe | May 4, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Boswell's low salary is probably intentional on his part. He seems to be gambling that he can get a European contract after his MLS contract expires. The gamble is that he stays healthy and can get an EU work permit. Even many second division Euro leagues pay better than does MLS.

Posted by: ho | May 4, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What's missing here and what I think a lot of folks are wanting to see are the contract years. Several of these guys took what they could get when they were good and have gone south. Others took what they were offered when untested and have turned out to be huge bargains.

Posted by: Dan | May 4, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Chest, Ianni has made about 35K/minute in base salary since entering MLS (2 minutes played last year). I think he played in a few US Open cup games so either way he's made in total about 30K per game appearance. Either he is awful or the Dynamo are wasting him because Kinnear won't play young guys.

Posted by: JJ | May 4, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

JJ-

Ianni's problem is probably more that they have 3 center backs they trust more than him (Robinson, Cochrane, and Waibel) and several defensive midfielders (Clark and Gray mostly, but Holden has also gotten time there ahead of him). So, the problem isn't Ianni, it's a team agreeing to pay $70K for someone they'll never use.

joe-

You can't just sign players that are under contract (as all of them are). DC would have had to trade for those guys. Robinson would be a great addition (size, speed, seems suited for the left side of a back three, lots of potential to improve, already capped) at that price. I'm sure the cost would be a bit steep, but I'd like to see if Chicago would take a 1st round pick for him (seeing as how they normally have him on the bench behind Segares).

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | May 4, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Rick in Ashburn, I gotta second your initial comments. It's disgraceful to have so much of our talent pool making pitifully small salaries. I mean, in many cases these are players who are starting or at least playing significant minutes for their teams. 13K isn't much of an enticement.

I can understand the fan appeal of a Becks or Blanco ... they make the league back more than what they earn. But there should be less disparity between the middle and the bottom.

Last thought ... I've had the idea for a while that players' salaries, in all pro sports, should be heavily laced with incentives. If a guy sits on the bench, he won't get paid his performance incentives. If a guy who walked in off the street breaks the starting lineup he starts making the money he deserves. What forces keep the current system in place?

Posted by: Matt | May 4, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

At the very least MLS needs to increase the salary cap to 3.5 million, increase the development minimum to 30k and the senior roster minimum to 50k. They only have 13 teams. I'm sure a $17 million investment would do wonders for developing and then keeping some young talent. They should look to do this for the 2009 season.

Posted by: Kevin | May 4, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Goff - I see Kpene is listed at mlsnet as a senior roster player. Was someone moved down to the developmental roster (only McTavish seems a possibility) or is mlsnet wrong (not unusual)?

Very few players are making 12.9k and playing any kind of minutes. The ones making 30k and starting are likely to get a raise if they ware willing to extend their contracts (Dorman, Boswell, and a few others probably are considering free transfers).

Players on developmental pay likely to play significant minutes:

Chicago - none
Chivas - Laurent Merlin 17.7k
Columbus - Gruenebaum 17.7k (Hesmer is injured, 2 other GK's on senior roster)
Colorado - Wasson & Clark - both 17.7k
Dallas - Oduro 17.7k
DC- Dyachenko & Moose - both 17.7k, maybe Willis 17.7k or DeRoux 12.9k
Houston - none
KC - none
LA - Ty Harden 17.7k, Randolph 17.7k, maybe Veris 17.7k
New England - Cristman 17.7k, maybe Solle 17.7k, Flood 12.9k got some minutes - likely few if everyone healthy
New York - Ubiparipovic and Ikangu 17.7k, maybe Vide 12.9k
RSL - none
Toronto - none

Not a lot of starters (Gruenebaum with Hesmer hurt, Harden winning a spot over Roberts/Thomas) or regular subs (about 1 per team on average at 17.7k) on this list. The bulk of the developmental players are nowhere near the first team squad.

A few others like Dasan Robinson last year will break through and earn some minutes. I agree their pay should go up ASAP, but MLS ought to get their rights for many years. Noone but MLS is giving most of these guys a real shot at showcasing themselves to Europe (Boswell for example). If they want to go trial for 2nd division Scandinavian or 3rd/4th division German clubs, they can.

Posted by: undrafted | May 4, 2007 4:47 PM | Report abuse

after seeing this list I'm not nearly as surprised by how well NYRB has done this year - they are spending lots of money on players. $200K for Dema? I thought that Dave van den Bergh trade was the steal of the season (and it still might be) but he certainly isn't coming cheap, just over $200K. NYRB is certainly becoming the Chelsea of MLS (in relative terms) splashing out the cash for a big name coach, players, etc...

Posted by: Diego R. | May 4, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Red Bulls have 2 designated players. They lucked out that Altidore ($108k) won't count against the cap this year (generation Adidas). Their overal senior roster cost $4.66 million. Schopp must be some sort of loan deal where he gets paid by Red Bull's Austrian club and loaned cheaply to MLS.

Reyna 400k (designated player #1 charge)
Angel 325k (designated player #2 charge)
Mathis ~100k (410k, grandfathered to 325k charge, salary still covered by RSL)

Van den Bergh 215k
Waterreus 200k
Kovalenko 197k
Schopp 175k
Dunivant 100k
Conway 66k
Wolyniec 66k
Mendes 63k
Freeman 61k
Magee Mike 57k
Graham 55k
Parke 49k
Regan 46k
Stammler 31k
Richards 30k

So their cap charge is $2.23 million. They have 2 allocations that they may or may not be using to defray cap costs. So Red Bull is pretty much playing by the rules. They have RSL paying the bulk of Mathis's salary. The rumored Schopp deal is something that seems to go against the concept of the cap. RBNY may not need Schopp this year.

The 2.2 million salary budget is something RBNY uses or loses. So what they've done is went out and paid $835k extra for Reyna, $1.24 million extra for JP Angel, something like 800k extra for Schopp (though Salzburg may have been stuck with his contract anyways), and Arena's salary (~1 million a year). So Red Bull have gone out of their way to spend $3 to $3.8 million more than your typical MLS team.

Posted by: undrafted | May 4, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

As mentioned earlier Steve, could you please definitively answer whether the base number or the guaranteed number counts against the cap...

Posted by: Pete | May 4, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Pete: it is the base salary that counts same as every other sport. Luis covered that on his Red Card blog recently as well.

To everyone lamenting the "low" salaries: as one person pointed out, most people are making at least 30K per year which is about what the average person in the US makes...but these guys are playing a game.

Dev players are there because they weren't deemed good enough to be first team so the team is literally paying them to try out for the team. Do you demand a salary when you interview for a job? I thought not. If they don't like it go elswhere (won't happen because someone would have taken them if they were worth more) or quit.

More players don't leave because Europe is the only real viable option. The Middle East leagues pay pretty well, but how many people would want to show up as Johnny USA in the Iranian league or something?

The EU has strict permit laws so they normally take the best of the best. People waiting to leave on a free are taking the biggest gamble of their life. If Boswell doesn't get picked up I can assure you he won't be getting the bigger contract he was offered before. The supposed "attractiveness" of a free transfer is minimal for MLS players as most don't command anything that would be deemed problematic by most Euro clubs. Dempsey went for about 2 million pounds. That's nothing to a team in the Prem.

If things go well with the TV deals and such, I can pretty much guarantee that the cap will be at least $5-6 million in 2009 when they renegotiate the CBA. If it goes bad, don't expect much more than a little bump like we get every year now.

Posted by: papa bear | May 4, 2007 8:27 PM | Report abuse

It is not the base salary that counts against the cap in other sports - it is guaranteed salary (i.e. base salary + amortized signing bonus over life of contract). If signing bonuses were not included in salary cap math, teams would just sign players to low base contracts and huge signing bonuses as these "bonuses" would not be considered base salary (and thus not impact the salary cap). Look no further than the NFL - signing bonuses are huge there. Signing bonuses are spread over the life of the contract as the player earns that bosnus over the life of the contract. Teams are very cautious about cutting a player with a big signing bonus before his contract expires as any unamortized signing bonus is a salary cap hit in the year that a player is waived.

Posted by: Eric Z | May 4, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

pathetic, it's absolutely crazy that the MLS and the teams pay peanuts (isn't 12,900 below the poverty line for one person). I don't understand how any of the players have stayed in the US instead of at least trying to go to Europe first. In addition, if they are paying their players so horribly why are ticket prices still pretty up there (i saw second division spanish side salamanca for 3.00 euros in 2005, i saw real madrid 2 rows in for 40 euros about 2 weeks ago). This really calls into question the greed behind the league and in my opinion if they don't raise it soon it'll be the demise of the league.

Posted by: joel | May 5, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

the 12900 is for a part time job, 4 hours a day training and 3-4 months off during the offseason. Players also get paid for player appearances, coaching & get free clothes (adidas) and meal money. They also get health insurance.

Most of these guys have little chance landing in Europe. The few who do (Ryan Guy, Luis Robles, etc) trial in Europe. Europe requires a work permit.

If you actually read above, these are almost always NOT the guys playing in real games. The ones that get significant playing time usually get a raise real quick. This is basically tryout money.

Posted by: undrafted | May 5, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Mo Johnston is working hand in hand with his own agent Barry Maclean - The Pirate as the players call him, bringing in tons of players and lining the pockets of Maclean's Agency First Wave. Its on the verge of being criminal.

Posted by: Jay | May 7, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Kurt!

Posted by: 12th man | May 8, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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