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2010 MLS top salaries
August 19th, 2010 8:37PM

TAGS:  mls, soccer business


[MAKING A LIST] David Beckham and recent New York signings Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez are MLS's top earners, each making more than $5 million this season in guaranteed compensation, according to the MLS Players Union. Landon Donovan is the only American millionaire, coming in fourth at more than $2.1 million in guaranteed salary. Defending champion Real Salt Lake, Kansas City and expansion Philadelphia are the only teams paying no one as much as $300,000 in 2010. For MLS's top earners ...

2010 MLS Top Earners ($300,000+)

1. David Beckham Los Angeles
2. Thierry Henry
New York
3. Rafael Marquez
New York
4. Landon Donovan Los Angeles
5. Juan Pablo Angel
New York
6. Nery Castillo
7. Julian de Guzman Chicago
8. Freddie Ljungberg Toronto FC
9. Mista
Toronto FC
10. Branko Boskovic
D.C. United
11. Blaise Nkufo
12. Shalrie Joseph
New England
13. Taylor Twellman
New England
14. Dwayne DeRosario
Toronto FC
15. Brian McBride
16. Conor Casey
16. Brian Ching
18. Chad Marshall
19. Carl Robinson
New York
20. Bobby Convey
San Jose
21. Pablo Mastroeni
22. Alvaro Fernandez
22. David Ferreira
FC Dallas
22. Kasey Keller

MLS player salaries as of Aug. 12, 2010:
club by club

  1. Fernando Zornitta
    commented on: August 20, 2010 at 6:19 a.m.
    Looking for American club for two young players Italo-Brazilians. One is half-left and another left-back. Good athletic training. Fernando Zornitta (father)
  1. Melissa Marshall
    commented on: August 20, 2010 at 8:50 a.m.
    i would love to make that kind of money and sit on the bench due to injury!
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: August 20, 2010 at 9:35 a.m.
    I hope eventually that all players make a decent and fair salary. It's the majority of American players that seem to end up on the bottom of the pay scale, along with the fact that only 15 percent of players are Americans. It's nice to see the International Stars out on the field with your favorite team but when if ever are Amrican players going to be the dominance on the field not the other way around, this in part is part of our problem in attaining a high quality US MNT. The U-17 and up players do get international play but are rarely seen on the US National Team. Most are schooled and taught in residential camps for two yrs., is this a waste of time and money? Should the next US National team coach be looking at poosibly fielding more of these lower aged players in the National team like Brazil did during the US/Brazil game, two weeks ago?
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: August 20, 2010 at 9:38 a.m.
    How could some players make less than $335,000 and be considered DP while others make more than 335,000 and not be considered DP?
  1. Juan R
    commented on: August 20, 2010 at 10:28 a.m.
    Since when is Freddie Ljunberg on Toronto's team? Also Kerry, if we had our U17's out there against Brazil, they would have killed us. Though we could have had one or two younger guys out there. Good point Gus. Finally, Fernando, I don't know how successful you will be in peddling your players here on this website. Good luck though....
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: August 20, 2010 at 12:09 p.m.
    Juan R, you must not read to often or are not involved with the younger aged players. The US U-17 and above do compete and do exceptionally well against Central and South American teams and Freddie Ljunberg just started with Toronto's last week!!!
  1. Paul Bryant
    commented on: August 20, 2010 at 2:36 p.m.
    Kerry, your are correct. The US u-17's compete well against the Central and South Americans. What happens is most of our U-17's go to college and get misguided by coaches who are not trying to develop players, but win at all cost to save their jobs. Also, the college season is only three and a half months. By NCAA rules, students cannot play competitively with their team until Spring practice. So they don't play for four months. Over a four year college career that's 16 months in which a player is not competing or training with a coach or trainer. This only compounds the fact that soccer players in the U.S. touch a soccer ball about 10 hours less a week than their foreign counterparts.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: August 20, 2010 at 4:59 p.m.
    Convey is way overpaid...typical Brit-style player, runs a ton and makes hardly anything happen. Ferreira is highly underpaid, he's the motor of the team, creative, dependable and scores. If Robinson makes more than Schelotto, what a joke; Robinson has no offensive qualities whatsoever and his defense is spotty, just because he's a Welsh Int'l is not enough; what does he contribute to the NYRB, hardly much. As for Juan Pablo Angel, his first touch has become suspect and his consistency for being off-sides is totally inexcusable.
  1. Tom Dugan
    commented on: August 21, 2010 at 4:18 p.m.
    4 Years with LA Galaxy at a salary cost of $25,000,000+. 4 year production = 41 games played, 8 goals and 15 assists which equates to $1,086,956 per goal / assist. What a bargain!

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