MLSPU releases salaries: Who makes most on your team, in league?

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The Major League Soccer Players Union has the complete list of active players’ salaries up on the web.

There are relative surprises and plenty of have nots to go with the haves. The lowest base salary in MLS is about $36,500, while the highest is shared by a pair of Toronto FC players.

Millionaires’ Club (guaranteed compensation, 2014)

Clint Dempsey, SEA- $6.695 million
Michael Bradley, TFC – $6.5 million
Jermain Defoe, TFC – $6.18 million
Landon Donovan, L.A. – $4.58 million
Robbie Keane, L.A. – $4.5 million
Thierry Henry, NYRB – $4.35 million
Tim Cahill, NYRB – $3.625 million
Marco Di Vaio, MTL – $2.6 million
Obafemi Martins, SEA – $1.753 million
Pedro Morales, VAN – $1.41 million
Omar Gonzalez, L.A. – $1.25 million
Gilberto, TFC – $1.2 million

For the difference between guaranteed compensation (above) and base salaries (below), here’s what the MLSPU site says:

In the survey, all player salaries are broken down into two numbers.  The first is the player’s current base salary.  The second is characterized as annual average guaranteed compensation.  The annual average guaranteed compensation number includes a player’s base salary and all signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player’s contract, including option years.

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Michael Bradley, right, and Jermain Defoe are two of the most expensive players in MLS history.

Top base salaries (2014)

Michael Bradley, TFC – $6 million
Jermain Defoe, TFC – $6 million
Clint Dempsey, SEA – $4.91 million
Robbie Keane, L.A. – $4.5 million
Landon Donovan, L.A. – $4.25 million
Thierry Henry, NYRB – $3.75 million
Tim Cahill, NYRB – $3.5 million
Obafemi Martins, SEA – $1.62 million
Marco Di Vaio, MTL – $1.5 million
Pedro Morales, VAN – $1.19 million
Gilberto, TFC – $1.15 million
Omar Gonzalez, L.A. – $1 million

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Highest base salary per team

Chicago – Mike Magee, $350k
Chivas USA – Mauro Rosales, $450k
Columbus – Federico Higuain, $580K
Colorado – Edson Buddle, $325k
Dallas – Andres Escobar, $625k
DC United – Eddie Johnson, $505k
Houston – Brad Davis, $345k
KC – Graham Zusi, $365k
L.A. – Robbie Keane, $4.5 million
Montreal – Marco Di Vaio, $1.5 million
New England – Jose Goncalves, $450k
New York – Thierry Henry, $3.75 million
Orlando City – Kevin Molino, $60k
Philadelphia – Maurice Edu, $650k
Portland – Diego Valeri, $500k
Real Salt Lake – Alvaro Saborio, $360k
Seattle – Clint Dempsey, $4.91 million
San Jose – Chris Wondolowski, $600k
Toronto – (tie) Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley, $6 million
Vancouver – Pedro Morales, $1.19 million

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Of note

Carlos Bocanegra, CHV – $300k
Jay DeMerit, VAN – $184k
Steven Caldwell, TFC – $325k
Dwayne De Rosario, TFC – $137k
Clarence Goodson, SJ – $315k
DeAndre Yedlin, SEA – $80k
Osvaldo Alonso, SEA – $400k
Nick Rimando, RSL – $225k
Robbie Findlay, RSL – $215k
Will Johnson, POR – $300k
Darlington Nagbe, POR – $250k
Sebastien Le Toux, PHI – $250k
Bradley Wright-Phillips, NYRB – $330k
Bobby Convey, NYRB – $138k
Charlie Davies, NE – $75k
Jack McInerney, MTL – $230k
Juninho, L.A. – $325k
Dom Dwyer, KC – $80k
Aurelien Collin, KC – $275k
Matt Besler, KC – $200k
Will Bruin, HOU – $135k
Chris Rolfe, DC – $210k
Marvell Wynne, COL – $200k
Clint Irwin, COL – $75k
Drew Moor, COL – $235k
Michael Parkhurst, CLB – $275k
Sean Johnson, CHI – $250k

Sounders nearing potential game-changing transfer for Gonzalez

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And another one.

Major League Soccer’s trend of adding younger players still entering their prime is set to continue with a significant Seattle Sounders acquisition from Dynamo Kyiv.

Derlis Gonzalez is the name, and you may recall it from Copa America Centenario scouting reports. The Paraguayan 23-year-old has four goals for his country, including markers against Brazil and Argentina.

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Gonzalez joined Benfica in 2012, taking a pair of loan seasons before moving to Basel in Switzerland. He moved to Ukrainian champs Dynamo in 2015, and operates as a left wing with the ability to play central or right if necessary.

Sounder At Heart says Gonzalez will play in Dynamo’s UEFA Champions League match against Young Boys on Wednesday before jetting to Seattle. In 21 UCL appearances, Gonzalez has five goals and three assists. He’s scored against Real Madrid, Besiktas, and Porto on two occasions.

So, yeah, this would be a significant addition for not just the Sounders but MLS. Bravo. The transfer fee is will also be an interesting figure.

Roma edges Tottenham in wild ICC affair

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Tottenham opened its 2017 International Champions Cup account in style on Sunday, however, the reigning Premier League runners’ up had no such luck at Red Bull Arena.

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Italian giants AS Roma knocked off Spurs, 3-2, on Tuesday night in New Jersey after Marco Tumminello’s 92nd minute finish dismissed a late push by Tottenham.

The sell-out crowd of 26,192 witnessed a largely dominating performance from Roma, who bounced back well from their opening ICC defeat against PSG — which came last Wednesday on penalty kicks.

Spurs fell behind after just 13 minutes when American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers was caught with his hand away from body, thus drawing a penalty kick for Roma.

Perotti stepped up to the spot on the ensuing kick, before burying the attempt for the Italian side’s opener.

Meanwhile, second-half substitute Under pounced on a rebound in the 70th minute to double the Roma advantage.

Spurs looked more dangerous in the second stanza, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli creating more attacking chances for the PL club, but Roma’s back line stood tall on several occasions.

Mauricio Pochettino‘s side finally found a breakthrough with under four minutes remaining after Harry Winks blasted home a close-range shot following a scrum inside the Roma penalty area.

Vincent Janssen did the unthinkable, leveling the match up in stoppage time for Spurs, however, it wasn’t enough as his finish was cancelled out just seconds later by Tuminello.

Tottenham will continue its ICC campaign on Saturday against fellow PL side Manchester City, while Roma turns its attention to defending Serie A champions Juventus the following day in an all-Italy affair.

Report: Galaxy seal capture of Villarreal’s Jonathan Dos Santos

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The rumors look set to come true: A report from Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep says the LA Galaxy have doubled their Dos Santos with a $5 million purchase of Jonathan Dos Santos from Villarreal.

Jonathan joins older brother Giovani with the Galaxy, and if he has half the impact of his sibling it’s going to be a high-flying half-season for Los Angeles.

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Jonathan Dos Santos is an organizing center midfielder with offensive upside; For a quick Premier League comparison, think Danny Drinkwater or James McCarthy. The 27-year-old has 29 caps for Mexico, and played in four of El Tri’s Confederations Cup matches this summer.

He’ll help facilitate chances for star attackers Romain Alessandrini, Giovani Dos Santos, and — hopefully — Gyasi Zardes.

Giovani has 23 goals and 18 assists in 52 games for the Galaxy.

Bruce Arena blends intense demands with humor to lead USMNT

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Bruce Arena bites his fingernails religiously, a habit he has had since age 10.

Among some other unmentionables.

“Are you kidding me? I’m sure there’s plenty of those,” the U.S. coach acknowledged with a chuckle, “I don’t make that public information, though.”

Arena walks across midfield soaking in the California sun and surveying the scene as his players take a lap and begin stretches ahead of training on a practice field adjacent to Avaya Stadium, home of the San Jose Earthquakes.

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He crosses his arms and paces – side to side, forward and backward – eyes up always. He shifts his hands to his hips and steals a glance downfield to where the goalkeepers are doing individual work.

“I’m thinking about my investments and retirement and things like that,” Arena cracked, then added: “I’m observing the players and looking at their habits, trying to learn as much as I can about players on a daily basis. It’s not only game day. When you have a team and there’s 23 players, every player is important. So sometimes your contributions aren’t only on game or on the field and it’s other things. You look at the qualities of players both on and off the field.”

With his quick wit off the field and demanding nature on it, Arena has instilled a calm and a swagger the U.S. squad needed, and that has bred success again after fans reached panic mode. Now, Arena can become the first to coach three CONCACAF Gold Cup titles if the Americans can beat surprising Jamaica on Wednesday night. The U.S. won under Arena in 2002 and `05.

“I came in with Bruce in January and I think initially you saw someone who’s trying to get points across and be pretty serious about it, but as we realized his demands and his intentions he’s been able to kind of dial it back a little bit,” midfielder Graham Zusi said. “Very dry, good sense of humor. It’s important, especially in these long camps, to have some kind of comic relief as well.”

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On Monday, Arena reminded his players it was here in the Bay Area where the Americans regained momentum in March by beating Honduras 6-0 in a World Cup qualifer.

Arena, a member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame who turns 66 in September, has led the team to an 8-0-5 record since he returned in November for a second stint as coach, replacing Jurgen Klinsmann after the Americans’ first 0-2 start in the final round of qualifying in the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

“Four months ago we were rebuilding our program, a program that was in desperate shape of being in a position to qualify for a World Cup and all other things,” Arena said. “We’ve made great strides over the last four months. This is a great opportunity for us to continue to make progress. We’d love to win the Cup.”

The U.S. is seeking its sixth Gold Cup title and first since 2013. Nine different players have scored so far this tournament, most notably Clint Dempsey‘s record-tying 57th goal in a 2-0 semifinal win against Costa Rica on Saturday that matched Landon Donovan’s mark.

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“Coming into the situation, into the job, we were in a tough spot,” Dempsey said.

Under Arena, the Americans have momentum again regardless how Wednesday turns out. Qualifying resumes with matches against Costa Rica on Sept. 1 at Harrison, New Jersey, and four days later at Honduras. The hex concludes against Panama on Oct. 6 in Orlando, Florida, and at Trinidad and Tobago four days after.

“It’s a good group of guys, let’s start there,” veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “But Bruce has kind of come in and kind of took the edge off a little bit. That’s who he is as a person, that’s how he manages us, and he’s kind of allowed us to be ourselves and have that swagger. The one thing I would say about Bruce, which has kind of always been the case but more so now, I think he is more relaxed off the field and much more demanding on the field. He’s always kind of had that balance but it’s more extreme now, and it’s a very good thing. He asks the world of us on the field, whether it be training or games he asks us for 110 percent every day, and then when you’re off the field he’s joking, he’s very jovial and he kind of lets us be who we are.”

Arena took over with little room for error. A decade ago, he never would have envisioned himself in this spot now.

“I’m enjoying it, and I’ve always thought about what I was going to do in my mid-60s,” Arena said. “I thought I was going to retire at 55, so I’m a little bit behind schedule right now. Probably going to keep going for a while, doing something. I’m thinking from what I can tell I probably could be a sportswriter and do pretty well.”

Then added with one of those sly grins, “Nah, I’m only kidding.”