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Show Us the Money!

The guaranteed salaries of some MLS newcomers (based on full-season figures):

*Greg Dalby, Colorado: $33,000
*Bruno Guarda, Dallas: $65,500
*Darren Huckerby, San Jose: $355,000
*Francisco Lima, San Jose: $207,000
*Marco Pappa, Chicago: $33,000
*Victor Sikora, Dallas: $163,000
*Jorge Rojas, New York: $94,000
*Eduardo Dominguez, L.A.: $192,000
*Gabriel Cichero, N.Y.: $157,500
*Juan Pietravallo, N.Y.: $192,000

Still waiting for the numbers on Chicago's Brian McBride, Columbus's Pat Noonan, RSL's Clint Mathis, D.C.'s Louis Crayton and Colorado's Cory Gibbs.

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2008; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Comments

Is LA over the "cap" yet?

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | August 14, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

How is Rojas 94K? That seems very strange

Posted by: DigzTFC | August 14, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

When did Greg Dalby return?

Posted by: Barry Jive | August 14, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

BigSoccer is down!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Posted by: BS | August 14, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget me! What's my salary?

Posted by: Pat Noonan | August 14, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Waiting on Noonan's number as well

Posted by: Goff | August 14, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

How does NY have the cap space to sign Cichero, Rojas, Pietrvallo, and Jimenez.

Posted by: United fury | August 14, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

How does NY have the cap space to sign Cichero, Rojas, Pietrvallo, and Jimenez.

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Perhaps because those are full-season numbers that are pro-rated to a half-season.

Posted by: Doug | August 14, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Jimenez is a developmental player and they got rid of Altidores salary and were way under the cap.

Posted by: emilio | August 14, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Doug,

Didn't think about that, but it's true.

Posted by: United fury | August 14, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Crayton, is he good to go on Sat v. Chicago?

Posted by: Alan Willey | August 14, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

$355,000 a year for Darren Huckerby? Why'd he leave Norwich, im sure he was getting 2 or 3times that amount.

Posted by: Kevin | August 14, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

McBride should be getting DP money for the Fire, right? He turned down £1 million a year deal for Fulham, so im sure he must be getting shown the money.

Posted by: Kevin | August 14, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Any idea about how much Kasey Keller is going to make?

Posted by: Nic | August 14, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

If Kasey Keller were smart, he'd agree to the league max and allow the Sounders the option to bring in a designated player to build an offense around.

Posted by: TCompton | August 14, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

These numbers are interesting particularly as it relates to the cap.

I think what might be missing is that the allocation money AND Transfer money can be used to supplement the Salary Cap.

As Gazidis stated, those teams that develop players and get a large transfer fee need to be rewarded. You might be seeing some of that will all these additions at fairly high (for MLS) salaries.

Posted by: Nick from Big Soccer | August 14, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Lewis's cost?

Posted by: Kim | August 14, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Lewis hasn't even been signed.

Posted by: RK | August 14, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Pappa for $33,000 - talk about a steal of a pickup.

See you on Saturday United.

GO FIRE!

Posted by: Gilly73 | August 14, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Jimenez is a developmental player and they got rid of Altidores salary and were way under the cap.

Posted by: emilio | August 14, 2008 12:40 PM

I find it hard to believe that a team that has 2 DP players is way under the cap. Altidore on made about $100K per season towards the cap.

Posted by: GLD123 | August 14, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Altidore was Gen Addidas, wasn't he? So, he didn't count against the NYRB cap...

Posted by: vtunited | August 14, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Rojas needs to fire his agent.
$94K for that guy is a steal.
Chalk one up for Energy Drink FC.

Posted by: yankiboy | August 14, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Altidore was Gen Addidas, wasn't he? So, he didn't count against the NYRB cap...

Posted by: vtunited | August 14, 2008 1:20 PM
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I think he'd already "graduated" and was being counted. The key is, though, when you sell a guy, you not only get his value off the cap, you get a 500k allocation. So it opened up a LOT for the Red Bulls.

Posted by: S | August 14, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Kevin:

McBride will not have a DP salary. He's on the Fire now, and we've already used our DP slot on a certain player that DC players don't seem to like very much.

McBride chose to take a huge pay cut in order to play for the Chicago.

Posted by: SixKick | August 14, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

What's Wolff making?

Posted by: Mike | August 14, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

RBNY got $500k of allocation money from Jozy. That can be used for transfer fees or to offset salary. How is Pietravallo making more than Rojas? That's absurd.

Posted by: Marc | August 14, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

heck, if I'm Keller I am willing to play for peanuts, he's already made his pile and is looking for a hometown swan song and probably moving into a coaching gig. So take a lower salary and let the team get some decent players around you. no keeper wants to end his career getting shelled because his team is porous.

Posted by: northzax | August 14, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Can clubs give players merch deals a la Becks and not have it count against the cap? They're going to sell a lot of jerseys in Seattle, Keller may sacrifice the DP cash but get a piece of that.

Posted by: danj | August 14, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Robbie Russell's salary is $95K.

Posted by: realslfan | August 14, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

That's a good question danj. Steve can you do an expose on what MLS teams are doing to get around the cap. I know for McBride the reports are that he's being more or less guaranteed a coaching gig and some long term security with the fire.

Stanying on the finances, do we have an update on which MLS teams are operationaly profitable. Reports were last year that Dallas, the Galaxy and the Fire were there already or close to it. Any other teams join those rankns?

Posted by: Fumar | August 14, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

37 year old Francisco Lima makes $207,000? Really? Did the Earthquakes let Alexi Lalas run the office for a day?

Rojas and Pappa both look like steals.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 14, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

if i was jorge rojas i would renogotiate or leave red bulls

Posted by: Anonymous | August 14, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, but McBride should be at least getting $400- $500,000 a season. He's worth that if not more.

I figure Keller will be getting something like that if not DP money and Eddie Lewis will be heading in the mid six figures.

Posted by: kevin | August 15, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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