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Player salaries for the 2013 MLS season were released Monday by the players’ union. I’ve posted the Sounders’ figures, which are more of a guide than hard fact (e.g. Mauro Rosales is a designated player despite being listed below the DP charge of $368,750).
Be sure to check out the last update from 2012 as a comparison, and here are some notes for this year:
— Obafemi Martins is the highest-paid player in team history, which shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The previous highest was Freddie Ljungberg (2009-10), who was at about $1.3 million in salary and guaranteed compensation based on these reports from the union. Martins is also fourth in the league when it comes to salary (fifth in guaranteed compensation).
— Other newcomers to note are Djimi Traore (discovery signing), Shalrie Joseph (a DP whose portion of salary is paid by Chivas USA), Eriq Zavaleta (a Generation Adidas signing) and DeAndre Yedlin (a homegrown signing).
— Newcomers at a minimum salary or thereabouts are Lamar Neagle, Will Bates, Philip Lund, Ashani Fairclough and Dylan Remick.
— No Sounders took a pay cut, though some like Rosales and Marcus Hahnemann are on the same number as last year.
— Decent raises went to Osvaldo Alonso, Eddie Johnson, Fredy Montero (who signed a contract extension before going out on loan to Colombia’s Millonarios for the year), Brad Evans, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni and Steve Zakuani.
— Any thoughts?