The MLS Players’ Union will release player salaries a couple times throughout the year. The first edition of 2014 came Thursday, and you can see all of the Sounders’ figures below.
Here are a few notes:
— Clint Dempsey‘s guaranteed compensation of about $6.7 million is tops in the league (up from about $5 million listed last year).
— Some notable figures for newcomers (in guaranteed compensation) are…
Jalil Anibaba‘s $159.620 (up from $131,245 last year in Chicago)
Chad Barrett‘s $85,000 (down from $110,709 last year in New England)
Tristan Bowen‘s $70,000 (down from $156,363.63 last year with Chivas USA)
Kenny Cooper‘s $265,625 (down from $342,500 last year in Dallas)
Stefan Frei‘s $150,000 (down from $200,000 last year in Toronto)
Chad Marshall‘s $286,666.67 (down from $361,250 last year in Columbus)
Marco Pappa‘s $75,000 (a figure believed to be higher, see note below, last listed at $140,000 with Chicago in August of 2012)
Gonzalo Pineda‘s $80,000
Cam Weaver‘s $49,004 (down from $108,406.67 last year in Houston)
— Three Sounders got new contracts over the offseason: Osvaldo Alonso became a designated player and now makes $400,000 (up from $210,000), Brad Evans got a raise to $293,666.25 (from $181,046), and Lamar Neagle is now making $110,000 (from $48,400).
— Pappa’s salary is believed to be more. There are plenty of other measures of compensation that often aren’t included in this release. That’s why a player like Mauro Rosales was a DP here the past couple years despite being listed at about $225,000.
— Obafemi Martins is one of 11 players leaguewide making seven figures at $1,753,333.33 (pretty much the same as last year’s number).
— Shalrie Joseph is still listed but doesn’t count against the salary cap as his contract was bought out before the season.
— Homegrown products Sean Okoli and Aaron Kovar are making $48,750 and $48,700, respectively. DeAndre Yedlin is up to $92,000 this year from $53,500 as a rookie.
— Top draft pick Damion Lowe, a member of Generation adidas, is making $68,500.
— Other notable salaries from around the league: D.C.’s Eddie Johnson is at $613,333.33 (up from $156,333.33 last year in Seattle), Toronto’s Michael Bradley is at $6.5 million and Jermain Defoe is $6.18 million, and Rosales, now at Chivas USA, is listed at $450,000.
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