2010 MLS salaries unveiled

2010 MLS salaries unveiled

Major League Soccer

2010 MLS salaries unveiled

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By ADAM SERRANO

The MLS Players Union has released the salaries for the 2010 MLS season.

In a year where salary and guaranteed contracts was the big news prior to the season, the average salary of MLS' 406 players is listed at $138,169, down 6.6 percent from last season's mark of $147,945.

Yet again, David Beckham leads the league with the highest salary in the league at $6.5 million while his Los Angeles Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan is second at $2.13 million. New York Red Bulls forward Juan Pablo Angel ($1.92 million), Toronto FC midfielder Julian de Guzman ($1.72 million) and Seattle Sounders midfielder Freddie Ljungberg ($1.34 million) round out the top five.

Incoming Seattle Sounders striker Blaise Nkufo will make $480,000. Houston Dynamo forward Luis Angel Landin is the least costly of the Designated Players at $125,000. The highest paid players who do not qualify under the DP rule are Landin's teammate Brian Ching and Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey, who make $350,000 apiece.

For the salaries of the other players playing in the World Cup:

  • Edson Buddle, Los Angeles Galaxy, $188,488
  • Roger Espinoza, Kansas City Wizards, $108,750
  • Jonathan Bornstein, Chivas USA, $100,000
  • Robbie Findley, Real Salt Lake, $87,316
  • Andrew Boyens, New York Red Bulls, $62,005

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What are your thoughts about the salary list? Which player do you believe is the biggest bargain in the league? Who is the most overpaid player in MLS?

Share your thoughts below.

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