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November 30, 2008 at 7:22 PM

Salary info

Some of you might wonder how much a Major League Soccer player is paid. The short answer is not much, relative to other U.S. pro sports leagues.

A lot of MLS guys don’t crack even $100,000 a year. The 2008 average was about $130,000. The highest-paid MLS player in 2008 was David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy at $6.5 million, but his salary is unique as a designated player.

For Sounders FC in 2008, MF Sebastien Le Toux made $96,000 in guaranteed money, according to information from the league, and MF Sanna Nyassi, who became the third player to sign with Seattle, made the senior roster player minimum of $33,000. Both played for the USL Sounders but were on loan as players under contract to Sounders FC.

Here’s a look at the 10 players the club selected in the expansion draft and the guaranteed money the received in 2008:

Nate Jaqua $174,125

Peter Vagenas $144,000

Nathan Sturgis $108,000

Jeff Parke $58,737.50

Khano Smith $46,305

Jarrod Smith $36,000

James Riley $33,000

Tyson Wahl $33,000

Brad Evans $33,000

Stephen King $17,700 (developmental player salary)


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