Henry and Keane sit atop 2013 MLS salary list

Henry and Keane sit atop 2013 MLS salary list

Major League Soccer

Henry and Keane sit atop 2013 MLS salary list

ThierryHenryColumbusCrew5.4.13. (New York Red Bulls)

By DAN KARELL

The Major League Soccer Players Union released on Monday their first list of player and team salaries for 2013, and it’s not a huge surprise who is at the top of the list.

Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls remains the top earner in the league, bringing in a total of $4.35 million in guaranteed compensation ($3.75m base) this season. Behind him is Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane, who has a base salary of $4 million. Though it is higher than Henry’s number, Keane’s total compensation is just underneath the former France international at $4.33 million.

Not far behind those two are Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill ($3.625m total), Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan ($2.5m total), and Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio ($1.94m total). Newly-signed Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins ($1.725m total), Toronto FC forward Danny Koevermans ($1.66m total), and Vancouver Whitecaps target man Kenny Miller ($1.13m total) round out the seven-figure earners in MLS.

This year’s first overall pick Andrew Farrell of the New England Revolution earns a base salary of $80,000 but is due to receive twice that number with bonuses and other contractual add-ons. The smallest salary is a paltry $35,125, with a total of 62 players around the league earning that total, including first-year players Adam Jahn of the San Jose Earthquakes and Clint Irwin of the Colorado Rapids.

Here’s a closer breakdown of this season’s MLS salaries:

Top ten salaries in MLS (by total salary):

1. Thierry Henry – New York Red Bulls – $4,350,000
2. Robbie Keane – LA Galaxy – $4,333,333.33
3. Tim Cahill – New York Red Bulls – $3,620,000
4. Landon Donovan – LA Galaxy – $2,500,000
5. Marco Di Vaio – Montreal Impact – $1,937,508
6. Obafemi Martins – Seattle Sounders – $1,725,000
7. Danny Koevermans – Toronto FC – $1,663,323.33
8. Kenny Miller – Vancouver Whitecaps – $1,132,492
9. Fredy Montero* – Seattle Sounders – $856,000
10. David Ferreira – FC Dallas – $730,000
11. Dwayne DeRosario – D.C. United – $645,333.00
12. Federico Higuain – Columbus Crew – $604,000
13. Chris Wondolowski – San Jose Earthquakes – $600,000
14. Shalrie Joseph – Seattle Sounders – $599,333
15. Sherjill MacDonald – Chicago Fire – $527,115
16. Kleberson – Philadelphia Union – $495,000
17. Darren O’Dea – Toronto FC – $456,250
18. Alvaro Saborio – Seal Salt Lake – $453,333
19. Kalifa Cisse – New England Revolution – $445,000
20. Diego Valeri – Portland Timbers – $400,000
*On loan to Millonarios (Colombia).

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