The 20 Highest-Paid 2013 MLS Players0

Robbie Keane

 

MLS Players Union periodically reveals MLS players salaries, representing an unique action in the football world, stating as two of the main arguments the fact that it allows a greater equity between players and rewards those who contribute more to the evolution of Major League Soccer, and the greater bargaining power of players gained through this entity

When the regular phase of the 2013 edition of Major League Soccer is taking place, Football Industry presents the top 20 salaries of the competition as well as the costs with salaries of each club (values ​​to May 1, 2013).

The 20 Highest-Paid 2013 MLS Players

In the table below, we present the 20 players with the highest annual base salaries of MLS in 2013. In this ranking there is a great predominance of players who made the most of their careers in Europe, as are the cases of Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Tim Cahill. We also observe a very significant difference between the highest-paid (Robbie Keane, 3.1 million Euros) and the 20th-ranked (Darren O’Dea, 239 000 Euros). In this table, 10 players are forwards, 7 are midfielders, 2 can play as fowards or midfielders, and one is a defender. Seattle Sounders is the most represented club with 3 players.

Player
Club
Position
Base Salary May 01, 2013 (€)
Base Salary October 01, 2012 (€)
Change (%)
Robbie KeaneLA GalaxyF3.077.880 €2.244.729 €37%
Thierry HenryNew York Red BullsF2.885.513 €3.847.350 €-25%
Tim CahillNew York Red BullsM2.693.145 €2.693.145 €0%
Landon DonovanLA GalaxyF1.923.675 €1.846.728 €4%
Obafemi MartinsSeattle Sounders FCF1.231.152 €--
Danny KoevermansToronto FCF961.838 €884.891 €9%
Kenny MillerVancouver WhitecapsF857.953 €940.151 €-9%
Marco Di VaioMontreal ImpactF769.476 €769.476 €0%
Fredy MonteroSeattle Sounders FCF538.629 €461.682 €17%
David FerreiraFC DallasM-F480.919 €461.682 €4%
Dwayne DeRosarioDC UnitedM461.682 €475.422 €-3%
Chris WondolowskiSan Jose EarthquakesM423.209 €230.841 €83%
Shalrie JosephSeattle Sounders FCM415.514 €380.888 €9%
Jose KlebersonPhiladelphia UnionM380.888 €--
Federico HiguainColumbus CrewM-F338.567 €123.115 €175%
Kalifa CisseNew England RevolutionM307.788 €--
Sherjill MacDonaldChicago FireF307.788 €277.009 €11%
Diego ValeriPortland TimbersM307.788 €--
Alvaro SaborioReal Salt LakeF277.009 €269.315 €3%
Darren O'DeaToronto FCD269.315 €253.925 €6%

Salaries of the 2013 MLS Clubs

When analyzing the clubs participating in the 2013 MLS, one can see a great disparity between the New York Red Bulls and La Galaxy and the other MLS clubs. However, this distance fell between October 2012 and May 2013. The average annual base salary per club is 3.2 million Euros and 110,000 Euros per player.

On the other hand, there is also a large disparity between the highest-paid player of the club and his teammates. This difference is very pronounced especially in the case of LA Galaxy in which 44% of their base salary belongs to Robbie Keane.

Club
Total Annual Base Salary (May 01, 2013)
Average Annual Base Salary per Player (May 01, 2013)
Average Annual Base Salary per Player (October 01, 2012)
Change (%)
Player with the Highest Salary (% of Total)
New York Red Bulls7.700.908 €275.032 €431.817 €-36%Thierry Henry (37%)
LA Galaxy6.945.952 €248.070 €267.382 €-7%Robbie Keane (44%)
Seattle Sounders FC4.154.308 €134.010 €90.546 €48%Obafemi Martins (30%)
Vancouver Whitecaps3.361.138 €108.424 €124.285 €-13%Kenny Miller (26%)
Toronto FC3.034.594 €104.641 €153.687 €-32%Danny Koevermans (32%)
Montreal Impact3.007.230 €103.698 €94.309 €10%Marco Di Vaio (26%)
FC Dallas2.794.979 €93.166 €123.999 €-25%David Ferreira (17%)
Chicago Fire2.777.248 €99.187 €88.792 €12%Sherjill MacDonald (11%)
Philadelphia Union2.692.577 €92.847 €78.121 €19%Jose Kleberson (14%)
D.C. United2.665.762 €95.206 €94.304 €1%Dwayne DeRosario (17%)
Sporting Kansas City2.643.964 €88.132 €76.288 €16%Benny Feilhaber (9%)
Real Salt Lake2.559.655 €82.570 €94.298 €-12%Alvaro Saborio (11%)
Houston Dynamo2.530.274 €93.714 €82.151 €14%Brad Davis (10%)
Portland Timbers2.508.069 €83.602 €90.220 €-7%Diego Valeri (12%)
San Jose Earthquakes2.480.665 €80.021 €73.350 €9%Chris Wondolowski (17%)
Columbus Crew2.438.964 €81.299 €79.287 €3%Federico Higuain (14%)
New England Revolution2.301.587 €79.365 €67.189 €18%Kalifa Cisse (13%)
Colorado Rapids2.264.089 €78.072 €84.950 €-8%Edson Buddle (9%)
Chivas USA1.886.765 €67.384 €83.219 €-19%Dan Kennedy (8%)
AVERAGE3.197.302 €109.918 €119.905 €-1%
TOTAL60.748.730 €

Notes: (1) Data from May 1, 2013, (2) Exchange Rate May 31, 2013: 1 USD = 0.769470 EUR; (3) For the purposes of analysis and simplification we only considered the base salaries of the players.

Nuno Bolas

Escrito por: Nuno Bolas

Consultor e Analista, Mestre em Gestão pela NOVA - School of Business and Economics.

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