The MLS Under-Paid

The MLS Under-Paid

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 21, 2007
  • 4 Comments

I will probably end this week with this as I am set to travel back to West Virginia today from Dallas. Unless something major comes up or some trade or whatever then this could be the last post until after Christmas, but then again we will see.

Last week I covered the MLS over-paid here and now we shift focus to the players who gave their clubs the most bang-for-their-buck.

The over-paid post focused on the players that cost $100k or more. This time around its the players who were paid under $100k. I really tried to stick to players who made even less than that. I could have put guys like Michael Parkhurst (80,575/93,075) or Sacha Kljestan (70,000/108,000). I know there are plenty of other players out there that could and probably should be on this list but I felt to stick with these 10 for certain reasons, some personal.

Here is my list of under-paid players (in no particular order):

  1. Maykel Galindo, F, Chivas USA (72,500/ 72,500) – 28 games, 12 goals, 5 assists: Before the end of the season Galindo was the best Cuban import since the cigar. His speed and ability to spread other teams out made Chivas a very tough club to stop offensively.
  2. Brad Guzan, GK, Chivas USA (52,237.50/67,237.50) 27 games, .93 GAA, 14-6-7: To say Guzan is one of, if not the most under-paid player may be an understatement. Better believe that if the league doesn’t up that salary he will be in Europe before you can blink.
  3. Artruo Alvarez, M, FC Dallas (32,819.00/46,019.00) – 27 games, 3 goals, 3 assists: A break-out season for young Arty. As a Dallas fan I have very high hopes for a great 2008 season after what I saw in 2007 out of Alvarez.
  4. Stuart Holden, M, Houston Dynamo (31,500.00/31,500.00) – 22 games, 5 goals, 5 assists: Another young guy that saw plenty of quality minutes and scored some very nice goals. Three of those five goals were game winners as well, so this kid knows how to make a difference.
  5. Scot Sealy, F, Kansas City Wizards (33,075.00/33,075.00) – 18 games, 7 goals, 2 assists: Started off the season slow but towards the end Sealy was the only guy scoring for the Wizards as they pushed the playoffs. Next year Sealy may be the only option for the Wizards.
  6. Jeff Larentowicz, M, New England (30,000.00/30,000.00) – 28 games, 3 goals, 4 assists: I have to say Larentowicz is one of the driving forces behind the Revs’ midfield. Sure Shalrie Joesph handles the helping the goal-scoring but I find what Larentowicz does as a catalyst to what Joseph is allowed to do in the midfield.
  7. Jozy Altidore, F, New York Red Bulls (85,000.00/108,333.00) – 22 games, 9 goals, 4 assists: I know the second number is over what I said the limit was here but is base salary is not. Seriously I find that 85k a bargain based on what he brings in marketing and in terms of production on the field. I’m sure his 2008 salary will go up a bit and then he will really cash in the following season somewhere in Europe.
  8. Robbie Findley, F, Real Salt Lake (36,000.00/48,500.00) – 16 games, 6 goals: I tried to keep rookies off this list but before Findley landed in Salt Lake City, Real couldn’t find the back of the net. With Findley they at least have a decent chance at scoring.
  9. Devon McTavish, D, DC United (30,000.00/30,000.00) – 22 games, 0 goals and assists: Mistakes happen sometimes to McTavish but he is still young enough to learn from them and move on. Next year he will have to as he will be one of the main guys in the back for the Black-and-Red. Plus I am a little biased here since McTavish is a WVU grad like myself.
  10. Chad Barrett, F, Chicago Fire (41,212.50/48,712.50) – 30 games, 7 goals, 2 assists: Before Juan Carlos Osorio landed in Chicago, Barrett couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, but after Osorio (and Blanco) came Barrett finally got some confidence in his scoring.
  • tex

    MLS is one of the lowest paid leagues in the world so NO ONE IS OVERPAID.

  • tex

    MLS is one of the lowest paid leagues in the world so NO ONE IS OVERPAID.

  • drew.epperley

    i beg to differ on that…but as always you are entitled to your own opinion on the subject, I believe many would agree that there are plenty of overpaid players in the MLS, just look at the FC Dallas lineup, I would say that a couple of those guys last season made more than they were worth and were overpaid, but if you feel that way, that's your opinion

  • drew.epperley

    i beg to differ on that…but as always you are entitled to your own opinion on the subject, I believe many would agree that there are plenty of overpaid players in the MLS, just look at the FC Dallas lineup, I would say that a couple of those guys last season made more than they were worth and were overpaid, but if you feel that way, that’s your opinion