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MLS Salaries: Union payroll sees slight reduction from one player change

Kacper Przybylko makes $1,400 less than Eric Ayuk; Union still 15th in league in payroll

Matt Ralph

Not much has changed for the Philadelphia Union since the MLS players union last released salary figures in May.

The one change — the transfer of Eric Ayuk to Turkey and the signing of out-of-contract forward Kacper Przybylko — saw the Union’s total payroll decrease by $1,406.25, but overall the blue and gold are still 15th in the league with a payroll of $8,915,987.84.

Neither Ayuk or his replacement on the roster have featured for the Union this season.

D.C. United saw the biggest change in their status with the signing of Wayne Rooney. The Englishman’s $2,776,730.88 in guaranteed compensation — second only to Sebastian Giovinco’s $7.1 million — helped move the Union’s Eastern Conference rivals from second to last in payroll to two spots ahead of the Union at 13th.

Sporting Kansas City ($2,378,070.55 increase) and Seattle Sounders ($2,051,522.96 increase) also saw big increases to their payroll since the last time figures were released.

The Union were one of four teams that saw a reduction. Colorado Rapids ($1,259,760.50 decrease) , Real Salt Lake ($843,250 decrease), and Vancouver Whitecaps ($125,241.54 decrease were the others.

Of teams that have clinched playoff berths, only the New York Red Bulls ($8,064,992.45) have a smaller payroll than the Union. Real Salt Lake ($8,132,415.56) and Columbus Crew ($7,715,954.14) are both in the running for a playoff berth heading into the final week of the season.

Toronto FC still has the highest overall payroll at $26,559,206.65 but will not have a chance to repeat as MLS Cup champions after a disappointing season.

The Union’s highest paid player — Borek Dockal — is 21st in the league with $1,714,285.68 in guaranteed compensation. Captain Alejandro Bedoya is 38th at $1,266.250.00, one spot above injured winger David Accam at $1,250,000.04.

Four players — Jack Elliott, Jake McGuire, Marcus Epps and Matthew Real — are making below $60,000.

The latest salary information is available on the MLS Players Association website.

Philadelphia Union Salaries - October 23, 2018

First Name Last Name Base Salary Total Compensation
First Name Last Name Base Salary Total Compensation
Borek Dockal $1,714,285.68 $1,714,285.68
Alejandro Bedoya $1,200,000.00 $1,266,250.00
David Accam $1,250,000.04 $1,250,000.04
Jay Simpson $580,008.00 $623,341.33
Haris Medunjanin $500,004.00 $545,004.00
CJ Sapong $525,000.00 $525,000.00
Andre Blake $450,000.00 $500,000.00
Ilson Dias $300,000.00 $327,000.00
Joshua Yaro $140,000.00 $224,000.00
Raymon Gaddis $180,000.00 $182,500.00
Warren Creavalle $140,000.00 $153,000.00
Fabinho Alves Macedo $153,000.00 $153,000.00
Richie Marquez $145,000.00 $151,430.00
Fafa Picault $135,000.00 $148,666.67
Keegan Rosenberry $114,950.00 $120,762.50
Auston Trusty $80,000.00 $109,100.00
John McCarthy $95,000.00 $104,250.00
Fabian Herbers $100,008.00 $100,008.00
Derrick Jones $70,000.00 $75,900.00
Anthony Fontana $65,004.00 $73,421.60
Adam Najem $71,500.04 $71,500.04
Keegan Burke $67,500.00 $71,223.75
Olivier Mbaizo $67,500.00 $67,500.00
Kacper Pryzbylko $67,500.00 $67,500.00
Mark McKenzie $54,500.04 $64,500.04
Jack Elliott $59,629.50 $59,629.50
Jake McGuire $55,654.20 $55,654.20
Marcus Epps $55,654.20 $55,654.20
Matthew Real $54,500.04 $54,500.04

MLS Salaries By Team - October 23, 2018

Team Total Guaranteed Compensation
Team Total Guaranteed Compensation
Toronto FC $26,559,206.65
LA Galaxy $17,507,008.30
Chicago Fire $15,531,532.67
New York City FC $14,824,390.78
LAFC $14,134,135.99
Seattle Sounders FC $13,427,648.33
Montreal Impact $12,642,036.90
Atlanta United $11,606,330.49
Sporting Kansas City $11,554,237.01
Portland Timbers $10,994,792.96
Colorado Rapids $9,741,570.96
DC United $9,689,537.84
FC Dallas $9,334,556.52
Philadelphia Union $8,914,581.59
Orlando City SC $8,873,899.44
Minnesota United $8,542,121.37
San Jose Earthquakes $8,308,343.41
Real Salt Lake $8,132,415.56
Vancouver Whitecaps $8,107,770.17
New York Red Bulls $8,064,992.45
Columbus Crew $7,715,954.14
New England Revolution $7,471,669.49
Houston Dynamo $5,896,563.27
FC Cincinnati $2,057,575.83