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United's New Goalie, MLS Salaries

D.C. United has added goalkeeper Chris Sharpe to the roster as a hardship replacement for Josh Wicks, who is sidelined four to six weeks with shoulder and knee injuries. Sharpe is from the MLS player pool and, although his rights are held by the Colorado Rapids, he is available to any club in need. He is one of five goalies in the player pool. Sharpe is from Australia and played in the Danish league for a few seasons before moving to the States. He will serve as Milos Kocic's backup in league play and be among three keepers -- Bill Hamid is the other -- for the Champions League finale at Toluca in three weeks.

Updated MLS salaries:

Daniel Hernandez, Dallas: $42,852
Heath Pearce, Dallas: $57,500
David Habarugira, DCU: $55,500
Bill Hamid, DCU: $26,766
Danny Szetela, DCU: $90,000
Luis Angel Landin, Houston: $120,000
Zoltan Hercegfalvi, K.C.: $168,000
Gregg Berhalter, L.A.: $162,750
Chris Birchall, L.A.: $97,125
Edgaras Jankauskas, N.E.: $240,000
Bouna Coundoul, New York: $125,249
Leonid Krupnik, New York: $144,000
Julian de Guzman, Toronto: $956,350
Ali Gerba, Toronto: $177,433

Jaime Moreno (DCU) was listed at $250,000 at the start of the year, but is now at $355,000. [UPDATE] The club says his contract has not changed this year. Perhaps a clerical error?

The complete list is here.

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2009; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Comments

Szetela only 90? That's got to be a pay cut...

Pearce 57? I'm sure Turkey was going to pay more, too. Ouch.

Posted by: Reignking | October 1, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Agent of the Year: Whoever got Edgaras Jankauskas a $240K deal.

Posted by: PhillyMLS | October 1, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Moreno 355k??

Must be trying to get him his 'retirement' money before he calls it quits... most likely before the beginning of next season. :(

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | October 1, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Is this Jankauskas guy from NE making more than Ralston?

Posted by: DrewROC | October 1, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Goff you ever see a list of MLS coaching salaries? Any idea how much a coach might command in the league?

Posted by: DrewROC | October 1, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Interesting numbers.

Posted by: sitruc | October 1, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Are those guaranteed numbers?

Posted by: sitruc | October 1, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I looked it up, that's the guaranteed figure. I think that's the best one to use.

Posted by: stancollins | October 1, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Heath Pearce, Dallas: $57,500
David Habarugira, DCU: $55,500


Wow......what the heck? Mr Habarugira must have more upside than I thought.

Posted by: marksman37 | October 1, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

marksman37, I imagine that is a non-pro rated salary... thats his salary for the 5-6 games he actually plays... I'd hope?


Luis Angel Landin, Houston: $120,000
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! does anyone know if this means that he won't be considered a DP next year? was it just a DP This year to cover the transfer fee?

Posted by: crocken | October 1, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Either that, or Heath Pearce is the all-time lowest-paid US international to return to MLS.

Posted by: Kenobi | October 1, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Goffer, I know that only part of Beckham's salary counts towards the cap as a DP and Donovan was grandfathered as a 2nd DP (indefinitely?!) but even so, how could LA possibly be under the cap with that list of salaries? - i.e., EIGHT other guys making $100K+. I'm calling conspiracy on MLS to get LA/Beckham a championship. I count about $3 million when only including $415k for Beckham & Donovan each which is *way* over the cap -- what's the league's official response (i.e., sorry excuse) for this?

Posted by: dcsoccer | October 1, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Seriously underpaid: Stuart Holden ($34k) and Bryan Namoff ($105k). Seriously overpaid: A bunch.

Posted by: b18bolo | October 1, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Leo Krupnik makes $144,000. I think we're getting a sense of how badly the Red Bulls FO has done lately. He's played in 3 games.

Posted by: fischy | October 1, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

These numbers are all over the place. I suspect they might be how much of a salary cap hit each team is taking for these players rather than their actual take home pay. And some of the recent late-season signings may be only a fraction of what they would get if their contract were extended over the full season.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 1, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Stadium News!!!! Hooray!!! Stadium News!!!

This just ran on WAMU's hourly newcast. The Convention Center and DC Sports and Entertainment Comm'n have been merged in one authority. The reporter ran this quote from Bill Hall, spokesman for the new merged commission:

"One thing we want to do is find a permanent home for the (ouch!!) DC United, in a facility that is consistent with other Major League Soccer facilities around the country, and I think it's no surprise that an ultimate goal is ultimately to have the Washington Redskins play back in Washington, DC."

Well -- it's interesting that the comm'n is setting out those 2 priorities, even if the spokesman is calling the team "the DC United". I might ask if, in the meantime, perhaps they could do something to improve RFK...but, I'd rather see them plunge right into helping the team build a new stadium.

Posted by: fischy | October 1, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

@dcsoccer:

A few well paid Galaxy players (Berhalter and Lewis) landed there in sort of an allocation windfall, so it's possible they got some cap relief there.

But it's beside the point. MLS is not MLB or NFL. If the league had simply allowed the LA franchise to suck loudly forever, that would be to the serious detriment of the entire league -- to the point where in a few years, people would be asking what sorry excuse they had for allowing *that* to happen.

If you're fan of MLS, you should probably just be happy LA has a team that can draw fans, period. It might not seem fair, but to try to carry on without that wouldn't be fair to anybody. I sincerely hope they can tilt the field to get some talent in NY as well, for the same reason.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 1, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I'd be down with changing the official name to "THE DC THE United" if it meant a stadium in the city.

Posted by: benonthehill | October 1, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

This stuff about the Galaxy always amuses me. They've won an MLS Cup, a CONCACAF Cup, 2 Open Cups, and 2 Supporters' Shields (admittedly before there was such an award). Suck loudly forever? Only 2 franchises have a better resume.

The team that has sucked for years is the Red Bulls. And, the league would dearly love to see that change. Obviously, everyone wants to see the Beckham experiment succeed at some level. Beyond that, there's no reason to think the league historically has tilted toward LA.

But, that's all silliness-- there's stadium news!!!

Posted by: fischy | October 1, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Hamid makes 6k more than Kocic? That seems not only unfair to Milos, but $26k sounds a bit steep for an 18 year old third-string keeper...

Posted by: adrianamo819 | October 1, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Agent of the Year: Whoever got Edgaras Jankauskas a $240K deal.

Posted by: PhillyMLS | October 1, 2009 4:07 PM

Sorry but the agent of the year award goes to whoever got David Habarugira $55,500.

Wow. Not only do we overpay for old, slow, aging vets but we also vastly overpay for young, subpar players too.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 1, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I am laughing my ass off at Heath Pearce's much deserved salary.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | October 1, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I think MLS "salaries" are like MLS "attendance."

Posted by: griffin1108 | October 1, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey now griffin! I'll have you know FC Dallas drew over 51,000 last night.

Posted by: LovetheGoffer | October 1, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Senor Goff -- is the Landin salary a prorated value for when he came in? It was publicly announced that he'd be Houston's DP; so how can his salary be only $120k? Heck, Cruz Azul (by way of Morelia) was paying him more than that. What's the story here?


Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | October 1, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

UPDATE: in fact, here's the public announcement of Landin as Houston's designated player:

http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20090820&content_id=6522206&vkey=pr_mls&fext=.jsp

That being the case, the salary quoted for him above must be nonsense, unless it's prorated (and not an actual annual value).

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | October 1, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to get a list of *coaching* salaries. How much does Dom Kinnear make? Sigi the Hutt? How much does Tom Soehn make? How much did Juan Carlos Osorio make?

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | October 1, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Chivas has by far the biggest payroll, 30 players...

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | October 1, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Zach Thornton. possible goalie of the year making less than David Habarugira. Something might change by next season...

Posted by: Sunspot | October 1, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh wait. They make about the same. Which is still amazing.

Posted by: Sunspot | October 1, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

UPDATE: in fact, here's the public announcement of Landin as Houston's designated player:

http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20090820&content_id=6522206&vkey=pr_mls&fext=.jsp

That being the case, the salary quoted for him above must be nonsense, unless it's prorated (and not an actual annual value).

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | October 1, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse
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If i remember right, they needed to make him a DP (landin) for i think transfer fee's/ paying his old salary in mexico or something like that, cause i believe he is here on a loan.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | October 1, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Either that, or Heath Pearce is the all-time lowest-paid US international to return to MLS.

Posted by: Kenobi | October 1, 2009 4:34 PM

Wait for Freddy...

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | October 1, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to be laughing when everyone is singing the praises of Habarugira at LB next season.

Posted by: alecw81 | October 1, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

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