Top 20 MLS Best Paid Players 2011

Hi guys,
The Major League Soccer published the top 20 best paid players for 2011. Thierry Henry and David Beckham are leading the race. Surprising?

Top 20 2011 MLS Best Paid Players:

Player Club Guaranteed Salary
1. David BECKHAM LA Galaxy $6,500,000
2. Thierry HENRY NY Red Bulls $5,600,000
3. Rafael MARQUEZ NY Red Bulls $4,600,000
4. Landon DONOVAN LA Galaxy $2,300,000
5. Nery CASTILLO Chicago Fire $2,038,062
6. Julian DE GUZMAN Toronto FC $1,910,746
7. Juan Pablo ANGEL LA Galaxy $1,250,000
8. Eric HASSLI Vancouver Whitecaps $900,000
9. David FERREIRA Dallas FC $705,000
10. Fredy MONTERO Seattle Sounders $636,000
11. Andres MENDOZA Columbus Crew $595,000
12. Branko BOSKOVIC DC United $525,366
13. Shalrie JOSEPH NE Revolution $500,000
14. Dwayne DE ROSARIO NY Red Bulls $493,750
15. Javier MORALES Real Salt Lake $452,500
16. Brian CHING Houston Dynamo $412,500
17. Conor CASEY Colorado Rapids $400,000
18. Faryd MONDRAGON Philadelphia Union $396,666
19. Alvaro FERNANDEZ Seattle Sounders $366,666
20. Jay DE MERIT Vancouver Whitecaps $350,000

How to read it;
Players salaries are broken down in 2 segments:
1. Player’s base salary
2. Player’s annual average guaranteed compensation
Base salary + all signings and all guaranteed bonuses annualised over the term of the player’s contract including option years

For example, if a player has a base salary of $50,000, has a two-year contract with two one-year options and received a $10,000 bonus when he signed, his average annual guaranteed compensation would be $52,500 (base salary plus signing bonus ($10,000), with the signing bonus divided by the number of years covered by the contract (4)).

The average annual guaranteed compensation number also includes any annual marketing bonus to be received in the current year and any agent’s fees annualized over the term of the contract. The average annual guaranteed compensation figure does not include performance bonuses because there is no guarantee that the player will hit those bonuses.

These figures include compensation from each player’s contract with MLS. They do not include any compensation from any contracts with individual teams or their affiliates. [Source: MLS players Union]
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Karl Lusbec

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