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August 9, 2013 at 7:59 PM

MLS salaries updated: Clint Dempsey making $5 million, Shalrie Joseph takes pay cut

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Thanks for your patience on the blog today as I made my way over to the East Coast.

While traveling, the MLS Players Union released updated salaries for the 2013 season. Much attention, of course, was placed on Clint Dempsey, who was reported to have the highest salary in league history.

His roughly $5 million per year, as listed by the union, is highest among active players, but designated players like David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez had made more in previous seasons.

The previous update on salaries was May 1. In some other notes:

Shalrie Joseph, as we have known for a week, has taken a massive pay-cut. He was previously listed on May 1 with a guaranteed compensation around $600,000 (which Chivas USA was paying a chunk of) but is down to $105,500. The Sounders announced last week that Joseph had agreed to a new deal that meant he wouldn’t be a DP anymore, which led to the Dempsey signing.

— One salary that remains a talking point is Eddie Johnson‘s, at a paltry $156,000 guaranteed. Even teammate Obafemi Martins was lobbying for a raise.

— Remember three months ago? When much of the talk was of Martins being the highest-paid Sounder in team history?

— None of the other salaries have changed, though Andrew Weber is another addition at the veteran minimum of $46,500. We’ll see how much longer the goalkeeper stays here in loan from Phoenix FC of the USL PRO.

— No longer listed are Ashani Fairclough, Sammy Ochoa and Mario Martinez, since they are no longer with the team.

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