Sources: Donovan deal could make him highest-paid player in MLS

Sources: Donovan deal could make him highest-paid player in MLS

MLS- LA Galaxy

Sources: Donovan deal could make him highest-paid player in MLS

Landon Donovan

By IVES GALARCEP

When Landon Donovan agreed recently on a new contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, it was figured that his new deal would likely rival the one recently secured by fellow U.S. Men’s National Team star Clint Dempsey. Sources tell SBI that not only is this the case, but bonuses in Donovan’s new deal could make help him surpass Dempsey as the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer.

Donovan’s new four-year deal will double his current salary of $2.5 million in 2014, with modest performance bonuses in place that could help him surpass Dempsey’s reported salary of $5,038,000, sources confirmed to SBI on Wednesday.

Donovan’s 2014 base salary of about $5 million a year will make him the second-highest paid player in the league behind Dempsey next season, and is the fifth-highest salary ever paid to an MLS player.

Where Donovan could surpass Dempsey is with the help of performance bonuses that, if reached, would help his total compensation figure surpass that of Dempsey, who does not have performance bonuses in his contract.

What do you think of Donovan’s new deal? Think the Galaxy were wise to give him the new deal? Impressed with recent deals secured by American players in MLS?

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