Let the scrutinizing begin.
The MLS Players Union released its current list of player salaries (which can be seen by club here) on Friday, and it should come as no surprise that the highest-paid players in the league, respectively, are New York Red Bulls Designated Players Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez and Los Angeles Galaxy DPs David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan.
Beckham, who made $5.5 million in base salary to be the highest-paid player in MLS last season, took a $2.5 million paycut to return to Los Angeles (although he is due $4 million in guaranteed compensation, which includes bonuses) and is now the third-highest-paid player behind the Red Bulls duo.
The top 10 highest-paid players in base salary and some of the league's top bargains are after the jump:
TOP 10 HIGHEST PAID PLAYERS (in base salary)
Thierry Henry, NYRB – $5 million
Rafa Marquez, NYRB – $4.6 million
David Beckham, LA – $3 million
Robbie Keane, LA – $2,917,241
Landon Donovan, LA – $2.4 million
Torsten Frings, TFC – $2 million
Julian de Guzman, TFC – $1,863,996
Kris Boyd, POR – $1.25 million
Danny Koevermans, TFC – $1.15 million
Dwayne De Rosario, DCU – $617,857.20
TOP BARGAINS (in base salary)
George John, FCD – $47,250
Nelson Rivas, MON – $50,000
Jaime Castrillon, COL – $50,000
Sebastian Grazzini, CHI – $50,400
C.J. Sapong, SKC – $65,000
Who do you think are the biggest bargains in the league? Who do you think has some work to do to justify their salary?
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