New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey is the highest-paid player in MLS at $6.695 million in guaranteed compensation, according to figures released Thursday by the MLS Players Union.
He is getting more than the total player payrolls of 15 of the 19 MLS clubs.
Toronto’s Michael Bradley, who earns $6.5 million, and his teammate Jermain Defoe, who pulls in $6.18 million, are the second and third highest-paid player.
Landon Donovan of the Galaxy is fourth with a guaranteed $4.583 million, while teammate Robbie Keane has $4.5 million.
New York Red Bulls teammates Thierry Henry, who makes $4.35 million, and Tim Cahill, who gets paid $3.625 million, are sixth and seventh.
Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio, who is paid $2.6 million; Seattle’s Obafemi Martins, who has $1.753 million; and Vancouver’s Pedro Morales, who gets $1.411 million, round out the top 10.
Toronto has the highest team guaranteed compensation at $16.65 million, more than $3.5 million more than the next team, the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Chivas USA has the smallest team salary at $3.29 million.
Half of the 12 players who make at least $1 million play for Toronto FC or the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Thirteen clubs have team salaries under $4.7 million, while only New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and Seattle top $6.2 million.
Defending MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City are paying their players $3.73 million this season, 13th on the list.