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MLS Team Salaries: Philadelphia Union payroll increases by .5 percent

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Marco Fabián salary at $2.3 million, Jack Elliott and Kacper Przybylko received big raises

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Minnesota United FC Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting Director Ernst Tanner knew when he took over the job last fall that he wouldn’t see a significant increase in the money available for player acquisitions and salaries.

The MLS Players Association’s release of salaries on Wednesday gives a better picture into how he’s worked with the salary budget set by chairman and majority owner Jay Sugarman.

Tanner found some savings by paying fewer players — the first team roster has gone from 29 to 26 players — and shaved about $2 million in salaries from dealing Keegan Rosenberry, CJ Sapong and David Accam on top of the savings from shedding about $1.3 million from players who weren’t retained from last season’s roster.

Additions included the highest paid player in team history in Marco Fabián, who is making $2,275,087 in guaranteed compensation, the now third highest paid player on the team in Sergio Santos at $668,500, Jamiro Monteiro at $569,200, Kai Wagner at $360,150, Aurelien Collin at $175,000, Carlos Miguel Coronel at $148,425 and Brenden Aaronson at $95,809 in guaranteed compensation. The most recent acquisition, Michee Ngalina, is at the bottom of the pay scale at $56,250.

Hefty raises were given to Jack Elliott, who recently signed a new contract, and Kacper Przybylko, who did not play in his limited time with the team last season.

Elliott received a $205,371 raise from $59,629.50 last season to $265,000 and Przybylko saw a slightly bigger increase from $67,500 to $277,000. Auston Trusty ($109,100 to $124,100) and Mark McKenzie ($64,500.04 to $82,225) both saw bumps in pay while veterans Aurelien Collin ($450,000 to $175,000) and Fabinho ($153,000 to $120,000) accepted pay cuts.

Overall, the team’s payroll saw an increase of .5 percent or $45,023.40 from $8,914,581.59 in October to $8,959,605.

Fabián, who has been limited to just eight appearances and six starts because of injury and a two-game red card suspension early in the season, is the 17th highest player in the league. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the highest paid player in the league at $7.2 million, followed by the team-less Giovani dos Santos at $6.5 and Michael Bradley at $6.4 million.

A couple things worth noting: Derrick Jones’ trade to Nashville SC (for $175,000 in general allocation money) won’t kick in until January 2020 so his $80,900 guaranteed compensation is still listed with the Philadelphia Union. He’s currently on loan with Nashville SC in the USL Championship.

Charlie Lyon, the MLS pool goalkeeper who spent a few weeks with the Union but did not appear in a game, is making $70,250 in guaranteed compensation. The full salary list is available on the MLSPA website.

2019 Philadelphia Union Salaries

First Name Last Name Base Salary Guaranteed Compensation
First Name Last Name Base Salary Guaranteed Compensation
Marco Fabian $2,000,727.00 $2,274,087.00
Alejandro Bedoya $1,200,000.00 $1,266,250.00
Sergio Santos $600,000.00 $668,500.00
Haris Medunjanin $550,008.00 $595,008.00
Jamiro Monteiro $516,000.00 $569,200.00
Andre Blake $500,004.00 $550,004.00
Kai Wagner $318,000.00 $360,150.00
Ilsinho $330,000.00 $357,000.00
Kacper Przybylko $240,000.00 $277,000.00
Jack Elliott $250,000.00 $265,000.00
Raymon Gaddis $190,000.00 $190,000.00
Warren Creavalle $162,000.00 $175,300.00
Aurelien Collin $175,000.00 $175,000.00
Fafa Picault $160,000.00 $173,667.00
Carlos Miguel Coronel $132,000.00 $148,425.00
Auston Trusty $95,000.00 $124,100.00
Fabinho Alves $120,000.00 $120,000.00
Brenden Aaronson $67,500.00 $95,809.00
Mark McKenzie $72,225.00 $82,225.00
Derrick Jones $75,000.00 $80,900.00
Cory Burke $75,938.00 $79,720.00
Matt Freese $70,000.00 $77,650.00
Olivier Mbaizo $70,875.00 $70,875.00
Anthony Fontana $70,260.00 $70,260.00
Matthew Real $57,225.00 $57,225.00
Michee Ngalina $56,250.00 $56,250.00
$8,154,012.00 $8,959,605.00