New York City FC’s Frank Lampard is the team’s highest-paid player this year at $6 million. Irishman Robbie Keane will receive $4.5 million from the Galaxy, who also will give Mexico’s Giovani dos Santos $4.1 million. That’s more than $2 million less than his teammate Steven Gerrard, who is on $6.3 million in annual salary. Seattle’s Obafemi Martins was chosen through a Federation Internationale de Football Association 15 campaign in which a vote was awarded for every video game goal the voter scored.
Italy’s Andrea Pirlo will be paid US$2.315 million by New York City, which also shells out US$5.61 million to Spaniard David Villa.
Toronto FC is spending more than $18 million in yearly salary on its three designated players.
Toronto’s Jozy Altidore is seventh at $4.5 million. Sebastian Giovinco continues to impress and thoroughly dominate MLS defenses – whether a good or bad thing – as the “Atomic Ant” added another goal and assist to his league-leading combined total (21). When compared with other salaries across the league, the Sounders are getting a formidable return on their investment.
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.
Peter Galindo covers MLS and USA soccer for Bleacher Report.