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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

FA Cup: Kane’s hat trick sees Spurs sail past Fulham, into QF

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur (R) celebrates with team mate Dele Alli as he scores their third goal and completes his hat trick during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage on February 19, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur have done plenty to frustrate and confound their supporters in recent weeks — their Premier League title race has all but officially gone, and they’ve got some work to do in their Europa League round-of-32 tie — but Mauricio Pochettino‘s side is now just 270 minutes from lifting the club’s first major trophy since 2008.

[ MORE: FA Cup roundup — Premier League sides underwhelm in 5th round ]

A 3-0 victory away to Championship side Fulham on Sunday sends Tottenham through to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, where they’ll join the likes of Lincoln City and Millwall — as well as PL leaders Chelsea, and possibly Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Harry Kane bagged all three of Spurs goals — the first two of which were created courtesy of delightful wide service from Christian Eriksen — the first a simple tap-in from six yards out in the 16th minute; the second a slightly more difficult, waist-high redirect from inside 10 yards not long after halftime. The hat trick was complete on 73 minutes, when Kane raced in behind the Fulham defense and fired past Marcus Bettinelli at the near post.

[ MORE: Fifth-division Lincoln City shock PL side Burnley in FA Cup ]

Elsewhere in the FA Cup

Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City — RECAP | REACTION
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Manchester City
Middlesbrough 3-2 Oxford United
Millwall 1-0 Leicester City
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Chelsea

Sunday’s FA Cup schedule

Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester United — 11:15 a.m. ET

Monday’s FA Cup schedule

Sutton United vs. Arsenal — 2:55 p.m. ET

VIDEO: David Villa given red card via MLS’s video replay

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David Villa was sent off following the use of video replay during New York City FC’s preseason game against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.

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Villa, the reigning league MVP, was initially shown a yellow card by referee Nima Saghafi for a slap to the face of Dynamo defender A.J. DeLaGarza (the incident begins at the 36:50 mark of the above video). Following a review of video evidence (Video Assistant Referee — VAR), which MLS has implemented on a trial basis this preseason, Saghafi correctly changed Villa’s booking to a straight red card.

The biggest stumbling block for video replay in soccer is, undoubtedly, the length of time each video-assisted decision would require to be made. From the moment Villa made contact with DeLaGarza’s face, to the time Saghafi re-enters the field of play and shows Villa his red card, 2 minutes and 33 seconds has passed. From the initial incident to the restart of play, 3 minutes and 43 seconds.

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That might not sound like a ton of time, but when you consider that’s time that will have to be added on in stoppage time, the typical three or four minutes quickly balloons to seven or eight minutes. The fact that a referee’s decision was corrected is a huge win, and proof that the use of video replay can and will help referee’s make game-altering decisions; the process by which that happens, though, still needs expedited.

Update: This post previously misidentified Villa as the first MLS player to be sent off via the use of VAR. Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara was shown a red card via the use of VAR earlier in the preseason.

Ranieri criticizes Leicester for lacking “desire and heart”

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:  Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Leicester City looks dejected during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Millwall and Leicester City at The Den on February 18, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri criticized his players for lacking “desire and heart” in a 1-0 loss at third-tier Millwall in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday, the latest setback for the stuttering English champion.

[ MORE: FA Cup roundup — Premier League sides underwhelm in 5th round ]

Leicester, which is one point above the relegation zone in a woeful defense of its Premier League title, is without a victory in its last eight matches.

Millwall played most of the second half with 10 men and won thanks to a 90th-minute goal.

“I want to speak again with the players and say we have to fight every match,” an animated Ranieri said. “Who wants to fight? Tell me. I need the soldiers, I need the gladiators.

[ MORE: Fifth-division Lincoln City shock PL side Burnley in FA Cup ]

“It is strange because last season we won for this, to be more determined than the opponent and play with more heart than the opponent. We could also lose but we would fight every match. I want to see this, the fight until the end.”

Leicester’s next match is against Sevilla in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.

FOLLOW LIVE: Spurs, Man United away in FA Cup 5th round

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his third and his sides third goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Manchester United and AS Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on February 16, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-rounders served up the biggest Cupset of them all — fifth-division side Lincoln City knocking off Burnley of the Premier League — as well as two moderately shocking results — Leicester City losing to 10-man Millwall (League One) and Manchester City drawing 0-0 with Huddersfield Town (Championship).

[ FOLLOW LIVE: Sunday’s FA Cup 5th-rounders ]

On Sunday, two more of the PL’s big boys hope to avoid upsets and reach the quarterfinals of the 2016-17 tournament. First up, Tottenham Hotspur visit Fulham’s Craven Cottage in a renewed London derby, followed by Manchester United’s trip to Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park. For live scores and updates, hit the above link, or click right here.

Saturday’s FA Cup results

Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City — RECAP | REACTION
Huddersfield 0-0 Manchester City
Millwall 1-0 Leicester City
Middlesbrough 3-0 Oxford United
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Chelsea

Sunday’s FA Cup schedule

Fulham vs. Tottenham Hotspur — 9 a.m. ET
Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester United — 11:15 a.m. ET

Monday’s FA Cup schedule

Sutton United vs. Arsenal — 2:55 p.m. ET