MLS's 50 highest-paid players

[MAKING A LIST] The Major League Soccer Player Union's release of 2011 MLS player salaries contains few surprises. David Beckham and Thierry Henry are the only players who earn more than $5 million a year and only six active players make more than $1 million.

Other highlights:

-- Only eight of the 25 best-paid players (and 21 of the 50 best-paid players) are Americans.

-- Only five of the 30 best-paid players (and 11 of the 50 best-paid players) have spent their entire careers in MLS.

-- Two 2010 SuperDraft picks -- Danny Mwanga and Dilly Duka -- are on the top 50 list.

-- Chicago is the only club with no active player on the top 50 list. Mexican Nery Castillo is listed as the Fire's top earner at $2,038,063, but he is playing on at Greek club Aris.

(Click here for complete salaries.)

1. David Beckham (Los Angeles) $6,500,000
2. Thierry Henry (New York) $5,600,000
3. Rafael Marquez (New York) $4,600,000
4. Landon Donovan (Los Angeles) 2,300,000
5. Julian de Guzman (Toronto FC) $1,910,746
6. Juan Pablo Angel (Los Angeles) $1,250,000
7. Eric Hassli (Vancouver) $900,000
8. David Ferreira (FC Dallas) $705,000
9. Fredy Montero (Seattle) $636,000
10. Andres Mendoza (Columbus) $595,000

11. Branko Boskovic (D.C. United) $525,366
12. Shalrie Joseph (New England) $500,000
13. Dwayne DeRosario (New York) $493,750
14. Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) $452,500
15. Brian Ching (Houston) $412,500
16. Conor Casey (Colorado) $400,000
17. Faryd Mondragon (Philadelphia) $396,667
18. Alvaro Fernandez (Seattle) $366,667
19. Jay DeMerit (Vancouver) $350,000
20. Benny Feilhaber (New England) $346,000

21. Bobby Convey (San Jose) $336,000
22. Chad Marshall (Chicago) $320,000
23. Carlos Ruiz (Philadelphia) $306,670
24. Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake) $305,625
25. Marvell Wynne (Colorado) $301,666
26. Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) $301,250
27. Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake) $290,000
28. Davide Chiumiento (Vancouver) $280,000
28. Troy Perkins (Portland) $280,000
30. Brad Davis (Houston) $278,063

31. Radivoje Lekic (New England) 275,004
32. Kenny Cooper (Portland) $267,500
33. Ibrahim Salou (New York) $264,000
34. Davy Arnaud (KC Sporting) $258,750
35. Heath Pearce (Chivas USA) $257,325
36. Danny Califf (Philadelphia) $250,000
36. Kasey Keller (Seattle) $250,000
36. Alen Stevanovic (Toronto FC) $250,000
39. Geoff Cameron (Houston) $245,000
39. Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado) $245,000

41. Charlie Davies (D.C. United) $244,870
42. Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting KC) $241,667
43. Paulo Nagamura (Chivas USA) $230,500
44. Milton Rodriguez (FC Dallas) $228,000
45. Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia) $226,250
46. Chad Barrett (Los Angeles) $225,333
47. Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake) $225,000
48. Dilly Duka (Columbus) $223,000
49. Emmanuel Ekpo (Columbus) $222,250
50. Milos Stojcev (New England) $221,500

7 comments about "MLS's 50 highest-paid players".
  1. Leo Strine, May 10, 2011 at 9:43 a.m.

    To pay any player on the Union more money than Sabastian Le Toux is just bad economics. He is the star and hardest worker on the pitch.

  2. Ernest Irelan, May 10, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.

    I can not with intelligence comment on the salaries of each player, I expect the coaches, managers, pay what they figure the player will contribute to the club team. However, that being said, I am sorry to see that some players make less than I have spent already in developement of my 17 year old son in soccer although, he is at a very high skill level.I would hate to see him turn pro an make less money that it cost him to get there...

  3. Joseph Michael Finger, May 10, 2011 at 11:22 a.m.

    Tabulation from the figures: almost 60 percent of MLS players earn less than $100,000, almost 1/3 earn less than $50,000.
    For parents looking out for their children's future, piano lessons might be a better investment than soccer camp.

    (US dollars) Percentage of MLS players earning less than that amount
    6,500,000.05 100.0
    1,000,000 98.6
    500,000 97.4
    400,000 96.6
    300,000 94.6
    200,000 87.1
    100,000 59.2
    50,000 31.0

  4. Manuel Trejo-von Angst, May 10, 2011 at 3:28 p.m.

    @Joseph: Assuming your figures are right, what is your point? Every business has people making a lot (the top performers) and people at the other end (mail room clerk.) Furthermore, the lowest salary a player can make is $32K, the next lowest is $42. BOTH of those numbers are higher than the average salary of someone coming straight out of college. So I guess piano lessons are a better investment than investing in a 4 year degree as well, huh? ;)

  5. Gimmy Timoll, May 10, 2011 at 6:39 p.m.

    Unless college grads are in engineering or other high paying fields, they get comparble to lowest paid MLS. But what's the point? Success isn't all about money. It's about being good at what you do and loving what you do. I love soccer and would play pro for enough to survive. My son feels same and hopes to one day make it. We all chose our careers, but doing so for money is wrong. Do what you love and money usually follows.

  6. Paolo Jacobs, May 10, 2011 at 11:15 p.m.

    Some of this is baffaling to me..Why does Julian de Guzman make that much, when a player like Brad Evans of Seattle contributes more than him on the pitch? Some of these salaries r out of whack...

  7. I w Nowozeniuk, May 11, 2011 at 6:20 p.m.

    JP Angel is on the decline and deserves less than half of what he is making.

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