- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 7, 2011
- 2 Comments
- 2011 MLS Season, 2011 Player Salaries
Pouring over the many names listed there are some interesting items to point out. First, there were some increases built into the CBA. The minimum also increased to $42,000 for first team players, but with the new “apprentice” category in some cases players salaries were downgraded. Some players saw big increases from last year as a part of new deals with their clubs.
A few players worth noting on the high end:
- Andres Mendoza (Columbus) – the Crew’s lone DP has a pretty high salary compared to the rest of his club. At $500k for the season, he’s a hefty price to pay for a guy that hasn’t done a whole lot.
- Nery Castillo (Chicago) – On the books for $2 million? Really? Why?
- Conor Casey (Colorado) – Big bump for Casey, I don’t recall his salary being this high ($400k) last year. Well deserved though from his play last season.
- Charlie Davies (D.C. United) – Interesting seeing his base salary at $182k for the year. He’ll earn much more than that obviously but I’ll admit I was expecting this to be higher.
- Omar Bravo (Sporting KC) – Obviously KC used a lot of allocation to pay down his salary ($120k base), as a DP you’d think he’d be higher but he’s not. This also leads me to think that KC won’t have a lot of extra allocation to throw around later this summer.
- Benny Feilhaber (New England) – It’s pretty clear to see why Chivas USA may have passed on him, at $300k as a base salary, he’s a hefty price to pay.
- Dwayne De Rosario (New York) – Still trying to figure out how NY is fitting in his $425k salary, Toronto must be picking up a good portion of it.
- Chris Wondolowski (San Jose) – Nice bump for the Golden Boot winner, he’s sitting at $175k for the year now.
On the low end:
- George John (Dallas) – Possibly one of the cheapest centerbacks in the league at $42k. Surprised he didn’t get a bump this year in salary.
- Fabian Castillo (Dallas) – A lot was made about the transfer figures that Dallas paid to get him over here but his base salary isn’t much, only $42k. Very interesting, easily the lowest paid DP in league history (in terms of against the salary cap).
- Omar Cummings (Colorado) – Still only making a little over 80k? Really? That has to change.
- Juninho (LA) – They may have three expensive DPs on their roster but give LA credit for finding a gem like him at a bargin ($90k).
- Tim Ream (New York) – He won’t stay at this salary forever ($55k).
- Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia) – He’s quickly turning into one of the better defenders in the league and at $42k a year, the Union have him cheap.
- Steve Zakuani (Seattle) – before they lost him to a broken leg he was on the cheap for them, at $90k on the year. Not bad.