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Shaqiri and Chicharito top MLS salaries list for 2022


The MLS Players Union released the salaries of every player in the league on Tuesday, and a new face leads the list just months after making the move to North America.

Chicago Fire star Xherdan Shaqiri was ranked No. 1 with the highest annual salary after joining from Liverpool this offseason. LA Galaxy forward Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Inter Miami FC forward Gonzalo Higuain rounded out the top three, remaining among the highest-paid players in the league.

Shaqiri signed a Designated Player contract in his move to MLS and makes roughly $7,350,000 in his base salary. His total guaranteed compensation is $8,153,000, more than $2 million higher than Chicharito who is second ($6,000,000) on the list.

Alejandro Pozuelo, the 2020 MLS MVP, features in fourth on the list with a salary of just under $4.7 million (4,693,000.00). Pozuelo’s former Toronto FC teammate Jozy Altidore, is fifth with a guaranteed compensation of $4,264,963.

Josef Martinez, Carlos Vela, Luiz Araujo, Lucas Zelarayan, and Carles Gil complete the top 10 earners in MLS, adding to the growing trend of top offensive talent in the league. TFC defender Carlos Salcedo is the highest-ranked defender on the list, earning just under $2.4 million ($2,351,000).

Columbus Crew goalkeeper Eloy Room ranks as the highest earner at his position, earning $883,000. Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake is second with a salary of $869,375 and D.C. United’s Bill Hamid is third with $700,000.

Here is a rundown of the highest-paid players in MLS:

Top 20 Highest Paid MLS Players

  1. Xherdan Shaqiri, Chicago Fire, $8,153,000.00
  2. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, LA Galaxy, $6,000,000.00
  3. Gonzalo Higuain, Inter Miami FC, $5,793,750.00
  4. Alejandro Pozuelo, Toronto FC, $4,693,000.00
  5. Jozy Altidore, New England Revolution, $4,264,963.00
  6. Josef Martinez, Atlanta United, $4,141,667.00
  7. Carlos Vela, LAFC, $4,050,000.00
  8. Luiz Araujo, Atlanta United, $3,941,667.00
  9. Lucas Zelarayan, Columbus Crew, $3,700,000.00
  10. Carles Gil, New England Revolution, $3,545,833.00
  11. Rodolfo Pizarro, Inter Miami CF, $3,350,000.00
  12. Nicolas Lodeiro, Seattle Sounders FC, $3,256,667.00
  13. Franco Jara, FC Dallas, $3,227,000.00
  14. Raul Ruidiaz, Seattle Sounders, $3,201,120.00
  15. Victor Wanyama, CF Montreal, $3,091,667.00
  16. Douglas Costa, L.A. Galaxy, $3,000,000.00
  17. Adrien Hunou, Minnesota United, $2,687,702.00
  18. Gustavo Bou, New England Revolution, $2,675,000.00
  19. Gaston Gimenez, Chicago Fire, $2,360,667.00
  20. Carlos Salcedo, Toronto FC, $2,351,000.00

Here is the full list. What do you think of the salaries? Who do you see being the best bargain? Who do you think is the most overpaid player?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Some that jump out to me as underpaid:

    1. Kids: Moses Nyeman (92K), Gaby Slonina (147K), Obed Vargas (74K), Justin Che (109K).
    2. Internationals: Alex Roldan (232K), Sean Johnson (550K).
    3. Stars with significant raises probably coming: Djordje Mihailovic (751K), Brandon Vazquez (304K), Leo Campana (135K), Latif Blessing (416K).
    4. Veterans paying for shockingly low salaries: Sascha Kljestan (84K), Kei Kamara (94K).

    Leo Campana gets my vote for most underpaid player in the league.

  2. This why as a player you need an amazing sports agent
    Jozy Altidore,
    Team: New England Revolution, Forward
    Age: 32
    Salary: $4,264,963.00
    Play Time Status: Substitute

    Adam Buksa
    New England Revolution Forward
    Age: 25
    Salary: $1,106,250.00
    Play Time Status: Starter (with 6 goals and 2 assists)

    Oh my goodness, Jozy has an outstanding agent to be the fifth highest paid player in MLS while riding pine… MLS!!!! Wow, even Michael Bradly dropped from a $5,000,000 to a $1,500,000 in compensation. I wonder if this is a temporary settlement / just DAMAGE CONTROL coming over from Toronto. Lol, get in while you can and stay blessed I guess

    • I was surprised to see Jozy’s name in the top 5 also. @ least, you didn’t blame his agent for sitting on the bench.

      • Did you see on the other thread Keita has a torn ACL that’s why he hasn’t played for Colorado.

    • I think some of that is from Toronto buying out his contract. The article I found said TFC is responsible for part of his contract through 2023. It seems to be about 1 million more than last year so I thinks it’s a portion from TFC to go away and then from NE to play. Seems over priced but Franco Jara is still is getting 3.27 million to come off the bench for Dallas.


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