MLS 2012 player salaries released

MLS 2012 player salaries released

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MLS 2012 player salaries released

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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

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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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