The salaries were released less than a day after the MLS Players Union ratified the new collective bargaining agreement, per the official league website.
Former Brazil worldwide Kaka is closely followed by Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco ($7.1m) while Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard also feature in the list of high earners. Irishman Robbie Keane will receive $4.5 million from the Galaxy, who also will give Mexico’s Giovani dos Santos $4.1 million.
Rimando is joined by fellow Americans Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) and Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City). Teammate Obafemi Martins is at $3 million.
‘We had been on a tour of the New York City training ground and facilities when we spotted Frank Lampard and David Villa in the vehicle park. Giovinco is the No. 2 earner in MLS.
Gerrard’s 2015 base salary tips the scales at $6,200,004, nearly £4,000,000, while Lampard will earn $200,000 less. In fact, the next three opponents the Union will face -Toronto FC, D.C. United, and the New York Red Bulls make up three of the top four sides in the Eastern Conference so three points are critical in order to make the climb in the table.
Goalkeeper Joe Bendik will be back in the lineup looking to win his job back after former Union keeper Chris Konopka was handed a one-match suspension by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for “endangering the safety of an opponent” in the NYC FC game.