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May 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Sounders FC salaries released for 2012 season

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MLS player salaries for the 2012 season were released by the players’ union Friday afternoon and I’ve embedded the Sounders portion above. Here’s the 2011 salary information if you’d like to make some comparisons.

As a quick reminder, guaranteed compensation is closer to what the players count against toward the salary cap. I believe it includes things like transfer fees and certain bonuses.

Some quick takeaways:

— Here are where some notable newcomers fall in terms of salary/guaranteed compensation): Marc Burch ($65,000/$65,000), Michael Gspurning ($200,000/$275,000), Adam Johansson ($175,000/$182,833.33), Eddie Johnson ($100,000/$106,333.33), Christian Sivebaek ($99,996/$99,996), Andrew Weber ($51,996/$58,445.93).

— Several players got raises, including Osvaldo Alonso (from $140,000), Brad Evans (from $121,000/$134,750), Leo Gonzalez (from $110,000), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (from $160,000/$161,000), Fredy Montero (from $500,000/$656,000), Jeff Parke (from $136,500) and Mauro Rosales (from $42,000).

— As far as I can tell, Michael Seamon is the only Sounder from last season who took a pay cut (from $42,000). Also, Burch made $95,000/$97,500 last year at D.C. United. He was acquired by Seattle during the MLS Re-Entry Process in the offseason.

— I’m not entirely sure how Rosales is a designated player at $200,000/$225,000, but I’ll try to get clarification. (UPDATE 1:06 p.m. — A team spokesman tells me there’s a lot that goes into determining whether a player is a DP, more than just salary. Certain bonuses and royalties, say from marketing work, also count toward to that $350,000 benchmark. So while Rosales’ salary/guaranteed compensation doesn’t make him a DP on its own, his other earnings do come into play. It’s a little complicated, as is MLS.)

— You’ll notice O’Brian White is on the books for $110,000. His contract was bought out before the season started and won’t count against the cap.

— You’ll also notice “apprentice” salaries are about $33,750 and minimum salaries are about $44,000.

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