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MLS Salaries Revealed: Millionaires and Paupers
April 4th, 2008 6:30AM
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2008 MLS players salaries made available by the MLS Players Union reveal that Los Angeles' David Beckham ($6.5 million guaranteed), Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco ($2.67 million) and D.C. United's Marcelo Gallardo ($1.87 million) are the league's top earners, while the highest earning Americans are New York midfielder Claudio Reyna ($1.26 million) and Los Angeles attacker Landon Donovan ($900,000). MLS's minimum senior salary is $33,000 while players on developmental contracts earn between $12,900 and $17,700.

The fifth player earning more than a million is the New York Red Bulls' Juan Pablo Angel ($1.59 million).

About 70 players, who are on developmental contracts, earn less than $20,000 per year.

More than 40 players earn the minimum senior salary of $33,000.

While Gallardo is the highest-paid player in D.C. United history, Washington Post reporter Steven Goff points out that the rest of the club's roster combines for $2.3 million.

The MLS Players Union Web site provides salaries of the league's 14 teams:

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