Galaxy and the Salary Cap

Galaxy and the Salary Cap

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 7, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Salary Cap, Edson Buddle

Sometimes items from Soccer America can be a total miss but check out today’s MLS Confidential on the Galaxy. For anyone out there that couldn’t get how the LA Galaxy was able to squeeze in Edson Buddle to their salary cap, check the article out.

By bringing back Edson Buddle into the fold, even if he costs slightly more than the $178,488 salary he earned in 2010 before leaving for Germany, the Galaxy probably hasn’t crunched its salary cap to any great extent, because of player departures as well as amassing allocation money.

Though the amount wasn’t disclosed, protecting keeper Donovan Ricketts rather than exposing him in the Expansion Draft – even though he wound up in Montreal anyway – made a lot of sense when he was traded not for players or draft picks, but allocation money. Yet without incorporating that undisclosed amount, a look at the salaries shed by the Galaxy in the past 2 ½ months gives credence to notion it has some room to work with:

Donovan Ricketts (traded) $170,000
Chris Birchall (contract expired) $144,000
Gregg Berhalter (retired) $96,000
Frankie Hejduk (option declined) $96,000
Juninho (loan terminated) $90,000
Jovan Kirovski (retired) $84,000
Increase in salary cap (from $2.675 million to $2.81 million): $135,000
Total of above six salaries and cap increase: $731,000

One interesting nugget from this is the salary cap increase. This year’s cap looks to be around $2.81 million. Time for club bloggers to speculate how much money their teams have!

1 Comment

Timothy Winning Voyles
  • Feb 7 2012
MLS is certainly a proving ground for those who enjoy "moneyball".  Despite rising costs of salaries, the league has continued to bring in quality players and raise the skill level of play throughout the league consistently; props to those making the wise moves behind the scenes.