Philadelphia Union 2013 Player Salaries And Analysis

Rich Schultz

Major League Soccer's Player Union has released the initial set of data on player salaries in 2013.

Name Position Base Salary Guaranteed Compensation
Chris Albright CB $75,000 $75,000
Don Anding*& LB/LW $35,125 $35,125
Brian Carroll CDM $176,400 $176,400
Conor Casey ST $175,000 $175,000
Danny Cruz RM $120,000 $126,500
Keon Daniel CAM $80,004 $80,004
Gabriel Farfan LB/LM $50,820 $50,820
Michael Farfan RM/LM/CAM $98,670 $136,170
Leo Fernandes*& CM/CAM $35,125 $35,125
Raymon Gaddis& RB/LB $46,500 $46,500
Cristhian Hernandez*^ CAM/ST $62,500 $64,375
Antoine Hoppenot& ST $48,400 $48,400
Greg Jordan*& CDM/CB $46,500 $46,500
Matt Kassell& MF/RB $46,500 $46,500
Jose Kleberson# CAM/CM/CDM $495,000 $495,000
Chris Konopka GK $46,500 $46,500
Michael Lahoud CM/CDM/RM/RB $90,000 $93,333.33
Sebastien Le Toux FW $200,000 $212,812.50
Zac MacMath GK $110,000 $155,000
Jack McInerney ST $125,500 $189,666.67
James McLaughlin*^ RM/RW $60,000 $69,000
Amobi Okugo CM/CDM/CB $101,250 $184,250
Jeff Parke CB $205,000 $216,500
Zach Pfeffer** CM/CAM/ST $65,000 $75,000
Bakary Soumare CB $310,000 $350,000
Roger Torres CAM $121,968 $125,093
Carlos Valdes** CB $321,000 $321,000
Aaron Wheeler& ST $46,500 $46,500
Sheanon Williams RB/CB $105,000 $110,500

* = on loan to the Harrisburg City Islanders, the Union's USL PRO affiliate

** = on loan overseas (Pfeffer with Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga and Valdes with Santa Fe of Colombia)

# = Designated Player

& = supplemental player, doesn't count against the cap

^ = Home Grown Player

  • Kleberson and Soumare are by far the two highest paid players. The Brazilian midfielder is making less than Freddy Adu was for the Union, but is nearly $150,000 beyond even what Soumare is set to earn.
  • Casey took a rather large salary hit to join the Union. He was making toward $400,000 with the Colorado Rapids.
  • The Farfans still have a large gap between them in salary, probably thanks to Michael's agent either getting him a fantastic draft day contract or negotiating a nice new one.
  • Valdes is making a nice amount of money while on loan with Santa Fe. It's possible the Colombian club is fully footing the bill, but it's just another reminder that the Union's best center back is out of the squad right now.
  • Le Toux got something like the raise he wanted, in the sense that he's making about $10,000 more than he did when he was last with the Union. He's also essentially $200,000 of bench space at the moment.
  • The Union's combined base salary is $3,499,262 ($120,664.21 average) and the guaranteed compensation is $3,832,574.50 ($132,157.74 average). The numbers provided by the Players Union aren't the actual cap hits, so you should add a few thousand to each salary for the actual hit. Philadelphia is paying more toward $4 million in guaranteed compensation than $3.83 million, minus the amount of the players who don't count against the cap (supplemental roster players, up to two Home Grown Players and Generation Adidas players). The cap for this season is right around $2.95 million, meaning that any money over the top of the cap must be paid down by the Union ownership.
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