MLS Union Releases Player Salaries

Before we get into the list of MLS player salaries released today, a quick note about the first post of the morning today.

If you get Backpost via Google Reader or something similar, you probably received a glitchy, unfinished version—a case of premature publication on our part. It happens. Our apologies. You can see the corrected version here.

Now, on to the MLS salaries, as of August 12: We took a quick glance—here’s the entire list—and here are some numbers that jumped out:


Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus, $241,250: Schelotto is by far the Crew’s best player, has been MVP of the league, and led Columbus to an MLS title (2008) and last year’s Supporter’s Shield. His base salary is only $140,000.

Alvaro Fernandez, Seattle, $300,000: He’s fresh from a World Cup semifinal appearance, and has made an immediate impact for Sounders FC.

David Ferreira, Dallas, $300,000: He has six goals and seven assists for the Hoops this season, and is a primary reason Dallas will be a tough out in the playoffs.

Omar Cummings, Colorado, $80,250: The Jamaican international had eight goals and 12 assists last year, and has found the net five time so far this season.

Woefully Underpaid:

Geoff Cameron, Houston, $40,000: He’s hurt right now, but Cameron is one of the best players on the Dynamo roster, and he’s been called in by the U.S. national team.

Tim Ream, New York, $40,000: Not surprising, given his relative lack of pedigree coming into the league (four years of college ball at St. Louis, no U.S. youth teams), but Ream has proven to be one of the best young defenders in the league, and a Rookie of the Year candidate.

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose, 48,000: The versatile 27-year-old attacker has seven goals and an assist this season for the resurgent Quakes.


Gonzalo Segares, Chicago, $67,750: The Costa Rican left back just re-signed with the Fire. This figure represents his earnings for what’s left of this season. Actual yearly salary almost certainly substantially more.

Well Done, Lad:

Danny Mwanga, Philadelphia, $206,250: The No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft got himself a good deal by MLS standards, and is earning his pay, with seven goals so far in his rookie season.

Criminally Overpaid:

Carl Robinson, New York, 315,000: We’ve established that we’re not fans of Robinson, and this figure only adds fuel to our fire. He makes more than twice as much as teammate Seth Stammler ($123,900) and is less than half the player.

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