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How much money every Toronto FC player will make in 2018

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Rob Williams May 10, 2018 2:50 pm 700

Debuting in 1996 with just 10 teams, MLS is a relatively young professional league. Having grown to 23 teams since then, it has become increasingly relevant in the consciousness of the North American sports fan.

And the money has grown with it.

MLS welcomed two new franchises to the league last season, and added another expansion team this year. Teams averaged 22,106 fans per game last season, setting a new league record.

With increased revenue comes increased costs, as teams try to assemble the best rosters possible to compete for the MLS Cup.

On Thursday, the MLSPA released the salaries of every player in the league. A pair of Toronto FC stars lead the way, as Sebastian Giovinco will make more than $7 million this season, while teammate Michael Bradley will take home $6.5 million.

TFC is the biggest spender in all of MLS, with a payroll topping $26 million. That’s more than $8 million more than the LA Galaxy, who rank second. Toronto spends more than double on their players than 18 of the other 22 clubs in the league.

Team Base salary Guaranteed compensation
1. Toronto FC $23,480,305 $26,167,499
2. Los Angeles Galaxy $14,799,180 $17,502,008
3. New York City FC $13,249,558 $14,147,633
4. Chicago Fire $13,165,346 $13,824,204
5. Los Angeles FC $11,254,869 $13,432,053
6. Portland Timbers $11,209,418 $12,516,335
7. Montreal Impact $7,230,911 $11,888,541
8. Seattle Sounders $9,767,458 $11,376,125
9. Atlanta United $10,369,120 $11,306,330
10. Colorado Rapids $9,981,477 $11,001,331
11. FC Dallas $8,239,754 $9,333,819
12. Sporting Kansas City $8,825,490 $9,176,166
13. Orlando City $8,230,668 $8,981,658
14. Real Salt Lake $8,228,528 $8,975,666
15. Philadelphia Union $8,492,604 $8,915,988
16. Vancouver Whitecaps $7,531,016 $8,233,012
17. Minnesota United $7,561,894 $8,152,683
18. San Jose Earthquakes $7,116,235 $7,787,253
19. New York Red Bulls $7,079,490 $7,689,314
20. Columbus Crew $6,632,083 $6,971,083
21. New England Revolution $6,139,674 $6,818,556
22. D.C. United $6,325,797 $6,744,420
23. Houston Dynamo $5,267,338 $5,673,472

While TFC has had a slow start to the 2018 MLS season, you have to say they’ve got what they paid for. The reigning MLS Cup champions were the class of the league in 2017 and nearly became the first Major League Soccer club to win the CONCACAF Champions League title this year as well.

Toronto has five players that make more than a million dollars, including Giovinco, Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Victor Vazquez, and Ager Aketxe Barrutia.

Here’s how much every Toronto FC player will make in 2018, sorted by total compensation:

Name Position Base Salary
Total Compensation
Sebastian Giovinco F $5,600,000 $7,115,556
Michael Bradley M $6,000,000 $6,500,000
Jozy Altidore F $5,000,000 $5,000,000
Victor Vazquez M $1,365,000 $1,500,000
Ager Aketxe Barrutia M $1,190,000 $1,295,000
Gregory Van Der Wiel D $800,000 $835,000
Chris Mavinga D $500,000 $563,333
Drew Moor D $350,004 $350,004
Justin Morrow D $300,000 $300,000
Auro D $200,004 $272,504
Eriq Zavaleta D $225,000 $263,558
Marco Delgado M $230,000 $230,000
Clint Irwin GK $210,000 $221,313
Jonathan Osorio M $201,351 $209,825
Tosaint Ricketts F $190,008 $203,175
Nicolas Hasler D-M $132,000 $147,667
Ayo Akinola F $54,504 $140,504
Nick Hagglund D $125,004 $134,629
Ashtone Morgan D $120,000 $121,500
Jay Chapman M $99,000 $117,500
Alex Bono GK $82,000 $102,200
Jordan Hamilton F $72,930 $100,430
Ben Spencer F $67,500 $72,800
Liam Fraser M $67,500 $72,500
Caleb Patterson-Sewell GK $67,500 $67,500
Jason Hernandez D $67,500 $67,500
Mariano Mino M $54,500 $54,500
Julian Dunn D $54,500 $54,500
Aiden Daniels M $54,500 $54,500

Note: “Total compensation” refers to the player’s base salary plus all signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player’s contract, including option years.

Below is the list of 46 players in MLS making at least $1 million in total compensation:

Name Team Position Base Salary Total Compensation
Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC F $5,600,000 $7,115,556
Michael Bradley Toronto FC M $6,000,000 $6,500,000
Carlos Vela LAFC F $4,500,000 $6,292,500
Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire M $6,100,000 $6,100,000
Giovani dos Santos LA Galaxy F $4,250,000 $6,000,000
David Villa New York City FC F $5,610,000 $5,610,000
Jozy Altidore Toronto FC F $5,000,000 $5,000,000
Ignacio Piatti Montreal Impact M $500,000 $4,713,333
Tim Howard Colorado Rapids GK $2,000,000 $2,475,000
Diego Valeri Portland Timbers M $2,320,000 $2,380,000
Nicolas Lodeiro Seattle Sounders FC M $1,800,000 $2,302,500
Miguel Almiron Atlanta United M $1,912,500 $2,297,000
Yura Movsisyan Major League Soccer L.L.C F $1,850,000 $2,073,750
Maxi Moralez New York City FC M $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Jonathan dos Santos LA Galaxy M $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Fanendo Adi Portland Timbers F $1,275,000 $1,933,333
Nemanja Nikolic Chicago Fire F $1,700,000 $1,906,333
Romain Alessandrini LA Galaxy M $1,539,996 $1,869,996
Borek Dockal Philadelphia Union M $1,714,286 $1,714,286
Shkelzen Gashi Colorado Rapids F $1,575,000 $1,668,750
Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders FC F $1,100,000 $1,650,000
Darwin Quintero Minnesota United F $1,650,000 $1,650,000
Felipe Gutierrez Sporting Kansas City M $1,600,000 $1,650,000
Bradley Wright-Phillips New York Red Bulls F $1,500,000 $1,635,000
Victor Vazquez Toronto FC M $1,365,000 $1,500,000
Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA Galaxy F $1,500,000 $1,500,000
Valeri “Vako” Qazaishvili San Jose Earthquakes M $1,325,004 $1,454,042
Ezequiel Barco Atlanta United M $1,425,000 $1,425,000
Josef Martinez Atlanta United F $1,270,008 $1,387,318
Dom Dwyer Orlando City SC F $1,200,000 $1,383,333
Sebastian Blanco Portland Timbers M $1,300,008 $1,375,008
Ager Aketxe Barrutia Toronto FC M $1,190,000 $1,295,000
Aleksandar Katai Chicago Fire M $1,140,000 $1,276,333
Alejandro Bedoya Philadelphia Union M $1,200,000 $1,266,250
David Accam Philadelphia Union F-M $1,250,000 $1,250,000
Alfredo Ortuno Real Salt Lake F $990,000 $1,162,500
Osvaldo Alonso Seattle Sounders FC M $1,100,000 $1,141,667
Sacha Kljestan Orlando City SC M $1,025,000 $1,100,000
Federico Higuain Columbus Crew M $1,100,000 $1,100,000
Victor Rodriguez Seattle Sounders FC M $1,000,000 $1,087,500
Diego Rossi LAFC F $1,000,000 $1,052,000
Lucas Melano Portland Timbers F $830,000 $1,050,000
Damir Kreilach Real Salt Lake M $900,000 $1,013,333
Krisztian Nemeth New England Revolution F $900,000 $1,007,667
Jorgen Skjelvik LA Galaxy D $900,000 $1,000,000
Kei Kamara Vancouver Whitecaps F $1,000,000 $1,000,000
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Rob Williams
Man of the people, voice of the fans. Daily Hive Sports Editor.

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