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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Jay DeMerit

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

STREAM, TV: Full Premier League schedule

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The Premier League season is in full flow and plenty of tasty games are coming your way in Week 6.

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The full TV schedule for this weekend is below, plus you can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports.com,the NBC Sports App and by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold.

Gold also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

Kicking things off on Saturday is a big London derby at the London Stadium between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports.com) as the Hammers aim to make it three home wins on the spin against Spurs.

Manchester City then host Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports.com) as Roy Hodgson looks to grab his first points as Eagles boss and Pep Guardiola‘s men aim to stay top of the table.

At the same time Stoke City host Chelsea at the bet365 Stadium (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on CNBC and online via NBC Sports.com) with Mark Hughes‘ Potters aiming to add the reigning champs to their big scalps at home so far this season after beating Arsenal and drawing with Man United.

To round things off on Saturday, Leicester City host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBC Sports.com) as Jurgen Klopp hopes Liverpool’s defensive issues dissipate.

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Sunday sees one game with Brighton & Hove Albion hosting Newcastle United at the Amex (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with the two newly-promoted teams squaring off.

Week 6 ends with Arsenal hosting West Bromwich Albion on Monday at the Emirates Stadium (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com). Can Arsene Wenger‘s men get back on track?

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You can also watch Premier League “Goal Rush” at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday for all the goals as they go in. Goal Rush is available via NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports App,

If you’re looking for full-event replays of Premier League games, you can find them here for the games streamed on NBCSports.com and here for the games on NBC Sports Gold.

Here’s your full TV schedule for the coming days. Enjoy.


FULL TV SCHEDULE

Saturday
7:30 a.m. ET: West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Stoke City vs. Chelsea – CNBC [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. Huddersfield – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Everton vs. Bournemouth – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Southampton vs. Manchester United – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Swansea City vs. Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
12:30 p.m. ET: Leicester City vs. Liverpool — NBC [STREAM]

Sunday
11 a.m. ET: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Newcastle United – NBCSN [STREAM

Monday
3 p.m. ET: Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion – NBCSN [STREAM]

Eric Wynalda for US Soccer president?

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“President Eric Wynalda” has a ring to it, right?

It isn’t clear if the current Fox Soccer analyst, coach and Hall of Fame former U.S. national team striker will challenge 11-year incumbent Sunil Gulati for the title as U.S. Soccer President in an upcoming vote in February 2018 but it certainly seems like the 48-year-old is thinking about it.

Boston-based attorney Steve Gans has said he will challenge Gulati for the position as the leading man in U.S. soccer’s governing body, while a New Englanders John Motta and Paul Lapointe are both said to be considering a bid to challenge the previously unchallenged Gulati.

In an interview with the Guardian former USMNT forward Wynalda had this to say about his intentions to change things at the top of the USSF.

“I’ve stood back for two decades waiting for things to get better,” Wynalda says. “What I’ve realized is that there is not a whole lot of people who are willing or even wanting to invoke change. Out of moral obligation, I think I’m finally at the point where I’m asking, ‘What can I do to help?’ I don’t want to tweet something or write an article or start a fight. I want to roll up my sleeves.”

Wynalda also had some pretty scathing words about Gulati who he says has an “agenda is to stay in power and that is it.”

I don’t think it is healthy [to have someone in charge for 11 years] unless there is a clear vision or a plan,” Wynalda says. “Right now, it is just one guy who not only professes to be the smartest guy in the room and has an answer for every single question you throw at him but he has an agenda and that is why there is a lot of people saying enough is enough. His agenda is to stay in power and that is it.”

Would Wynalda get your vote?

Following the Jurgen Klinsmann debacle and a bad spell for Bruce Arena which has the USMNT struggling to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, plenty of supporters of the game in the U.S. believe changes to the way the game is governed at the top may bring about positive change.

February is a long way away but it’s not too far-fetched to say that if the U.S. do not qualify for the World Cup in Russia then Gulati will have opponents lining up to try and replace him as the main decision maker.

Ronaldo, Neymar, Messi nominees for FIFA prize for 3rd year

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LONDON (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar are the contenders for FIFA’s top player award for the third straight year.

The nominations for the FIFA Best awards were announced Friday in London, where the ceremony will take place next month. Ronaldo is favored to join Messi as a five-time winner.

While Ronaldo won the Spanish league and Champions League last season at Real Madrid, Messi and Neymar only collected the Copa del Rey title with Barcelona.

Off the field, the three players have all been embroiled in tax cases in Spain over the last year.

Premier League Preview: West Ham vs. Tottenham

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  • West Ham have 14 PL wins vs. Spurs, more than against any other opponent
  • Spurs have lost 3 of their last 4 trips to West Ham
  • Since the start of 2015-16 Spurs have won the most points (164) and matches (47) in the PL
  • Harry Kane has five goals in his last five PL games vs. West Ham

West Ham United host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at the London Stadium (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a big London derby.

The Hammers have won both of their last two home games against Spurs 1-0 to scupper Tottenham’s title bids which has added extra spice to this rivalry in recent months.

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With West Ham winning their first home game this season against Huddersfield Town, Slaven Bilic is looking to make the London Stadium a fortress. Spurs will be eager to play another game away from their temporary home for the season, Wembley, after Mauricio Pochettino‘s men have failed to win any of their opening three home PL games at Wembley.

If Tottenham prevail in east London it will mean they have won their opening three away games in the league for the first time since 1991-92.

In team news West Ham will be without injured duo Pedro Obiang and Manuel Lanzini but skipper Mark Noble is available. Ben Davies could return for Spurs, while Victor Wanyama, Erik Lamela and Danny Rose remain out.

What they’re saying

Slaven Bilic praises Christian Eriksen in The London Evening Standard: “They have many excellent players but the one who is maybe the unsung hero is Christian Eriksen. I don’t want to say he is under-rated because everyone in Europe is aware of the talent that he possesses. Apart from being a vital link in their team, he is also making clever little moves into pockets of space or into the box.”

Mauricio Pochettino on taking his players out for dinner: “We need time for the players that we signed to engage with everyone, know everything. It’s only a few weeks that they are involved in the dynamic of the team, the club. You need time to create a good dynamic. Not only tactics but outside too. We had a dinner in a restaurant in London with all the staff and players that I invite, of course. I paid the bill at the end! That is important because you can say: ‘Tactics here in the morning’ or you prefer to go last night and put all the staff, the players and the chairman too in a restaurant. That is tactics too. It is so important, just as it is important to work on the pitch. To get to know each other better, to speak in a different way. That creates links between them, emotion.”

Prediction

Spurs will have too much going forward for West Ham’s shaky defense and they will relish not only an away day but also putting their poor recent record against West Ham to bed. Tottenham to win 3-1.