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What the rookies make
by Paul Kennedy, January 12th, 2011 9:28PM

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[MLS SUPERDRAFT] Contracts offered to rookies entering the MLS SuperDraft are hardly the lucrative deals offered to players entering drafts in other American sports, but salaries for first-round picks are steadily increasing in MLS. As recently as four years ago, two first-round picks made only $17,700 in guaranteed compensation in their first year.

Only one first-round pick (Maurice Edu) made more than $100,000 in 2007, only two first-rounders (Chance Myers and Patrick Nyarko) earned in six figures in 2008.

But MLS is doing more to keep top young college prospects from going abroad like Charlie Davies, Alejandro Bedoya and Marcus Tracy did.

In each of the last two years, eight first-round picks -- all signed to Generation adidas contracts -- earned more than $100,000 in their first season.

And the minimum salaries have increased -- and will again increase -- as a new collective bargaining agreement takes effect.

*Generation adidas selections

2010 First Round
1 Philadelphia -- *Danny Mwanga  ($206,250)
2 New York -- *Tony Tchani  ($179,000)
3 San Jose -- *Ike Opara ($165,900)
4 Kansas City -- *Teal Bunbury ($163,000)
5 FC Dallas -- Zach Loyd ($57,125)
6 Philadelphia -- *Amobi Okugo  ($158,000)
7 Philadelphia -- *Jack McInerney  ($116,417)
8 Columbus -- *Dilly Duka  ($213,000)
9 New England -- Zack Schilawski  ($42,500)
10 Chivas USA -- *Blair Gavin  ($69,000)
11 Seattle -- David Estrada  ($40,000)
12 Columbus -- Bright Dike (not in league)
13 Chicago -- *Corben Bone  ($136,200)
14 New York -- Austin da Luz  ($52,125)
15 Real Salt Lake -- Collen Warner  ($43,750)
16 Los Angeles -- Michael Stephens  ($42,500)

2009 First Round
1 Seattle -- *Steve Zakuani ($163,000)
2 Toronto FC -- Sam Cronin ($84,000)
3 Los Angeles -- *Omar Gonzalez ($142,000)
4 Toronto FC -- O'Brian White F ($113,000)
5 FC Dallas -- *Perica Marosevic F ($104,000)
6 D.C. United -- *Rodney Wallace ($104,000)
7 D.C. United -- Chris Pontius F/M ($66,000)
8 Kansas City -- Matt Besler ($47,250)
9 Chivas USA -- Michael Lahoud ($45,375)
10 New England -- *Kevin Alston ($104,000)
11 New York -- *Jeremy Hall ($104,000)
12 Real Salt Lake -- Jean Alexandre ($34,000)
13 Toronto FC -- *Stefan Frei G ($120,000)
14 FC Dallas -- George John M/D ($34,008)
15 New England -- Ryan Maxwell (not in league)

2008 First Round
1 Kansas City -- *Chance Myers ($130,000)
2 FC Dallas -- *Brek Shea ($78,000)
3 Real Salt Lake -- *Tony Beltran ($90,5000)
4 Los Angeles -- Sean Franklin ($48,500)
5 Colorado -- *Ciaran O'Brien ($78,750)
6 Columbus -- Andy Iro ($53,500)
7 Chicago -- *Patrick Nyarko F ($135,000)
8 FC Dallas -- *Josh Lambo GK ($78,000)
9 Toronto FC -- Julius James ($44,750)
10 Toronto FC -- Pat Phelan ($33,000)
11 Kansas City -- *Roger Espinoza ($78,750)
12 Chicago -- Dominic Cervi (not in league)
13 New England -- *Rob Valentino ($53,500)
14 Real Salt Lake -- David Horst ($33,000)

2007 First Round
1 Toronto FC -- *Maurice Edu ($132,500)
2 Chicago -- *Bakary Soumare ($78,000)
3 Kansas City -- Michael Harrington ($53,500)
4 Real Salt Lake -- *Chris Seitz ($90,500)
5 New England -- Wells Thompson ($30,000)
6 Colorado -- *Nico Colaluca Virginia ($78,000)
7 Chivas USA John Cunliffe ($45,000)
8 Chicago Fire Jerson Monteiro ($17,700)
9 FC Dallas *Anthony Wallace ($78,000)
10 Toronto FC -- Andrew Boyens ($47,500)
11 D.C. United -- *Bryan Arguez ($76,200)
12 New England Revolution -- *Amaechi Igwe ($78,000)
13 Houston Dynamo -- John Michael Hayden ($17,700)

Source: MLS Players Union



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