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Philadelphia Union player salaries: Oka Nikolov, Fabinho, Gilberto's pay revealed

The latest round of salary data has ben released by the Major League Soccer Players Union.

Philadelphia Union player salaries: Oka Nikolov, Fabinho, Gilberto's pay revealed

Fabinho (left) was one of the Union´s summer signings. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Fabinho (left) was one of the Union's summer signings. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

The latest round of salary data has ben released by the Major League Soccer Players Union. Here is the Philadelphia Union's payroll as of this month. This means we now know the salaries for the team's summer signings: goalkeeper Oka Nikolov, defender Fabinho and mifdfielder Gilberto da Silva.

The first number is base salary and the second is guaranteed compensation. I have noted where numbers have changed since the last figures were released in May.

D Chris Albright: $75,000.00 / $75,000.00
F Don Anding: $35,125.00 / $35,125.00
M Brian Carroll: $176,400.00 / $176,400.00
F Conor Casey: $175,000.00 / $175,000.00

M Danny Cruz: $120,000.00 / $126,500.00
M Keon Daniel: $80,004.00 / $82,891.50 (guaranteed compensation increase of $2,887.50)
M Gilberto Dos Santos: $60,000.00 / $80,000.00 1
D Fabinho:  $78,000.00 / $82,500.00

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M Michael Farfan: $98,670.00 / $136,170.00
M Leo Fernandes: $35,125.00 / $35,125.00 2
D Raymon Gaddis: $46,500.00 / $46,500.00
M Cristhian Hernández: $62,500.00 / $64,375.00 23

F Antoine Hoppenot: $48,400.00 / $48,400.00
M Greg Jordan: $46,500.00 / $46,500.00 2
M Matt Kassel: $46,500.00 / $46,500.00
M Kléberson: $495,000.00 / $495,000.00 4

GK Chris Konopka: $46,500.00 / $46,500.00
M Michael Lahoud: $90,000.00 / $93,333.33
M Sébastien Le Toux: $200,000.00 / $212,812.50
GK Zac MacMath: $110,000.00 / $155,000.00

F Jack McInerney: $125,500.00 / $189,666.67
M Jimmy McLaughlin: $60,000.00 / $69,000.00 34
GK Oka Nikolov: $46,500.00 / $46,500.00
D Amobi Okugo: $101,250.00 / $184,250.00

D Jeff Parke: $205,000.00 / $216,500.00
M Zach Pfeffer: $65,000.00 / $75,000.00 35
M Roger Torres: $121,968.00 / $125,093.00
D Carlos Valdés: $321,000.00 / $321,000.00 5

F Aaron Wheeler: $46,500.00 / $46,500.00
F Sheanon Williams: $105,000.00 / $110,500.00

1 - Summer transfer window signing.
2 - Loaned at some point this season to Harrisburg City Islanders via USL Pro affilation.
3 - Homegrown Player.
4 - Designated Player.
5 - Loaned abroad for the full season.

The only player who departed the Union's roster since May was defender Bakary Soumaré. That removed a base salary of $310,000.00 and a guaranteed compensation figure of $350,000.00 from the payroll.

Add back in the summer signings and the net change in the Union's payroll is a $176,320.00 decreased in base salary and a $188,932.50 decrease in guaranteed compensation.


The Union's total payroll right now is $3,322,942.00 in base salary and $3,643,642.00 in guaranteed compensation.

Here's how that stacks up against the rest of Major League Soccer. In parentheses I have added where the teams ranked in May, and how much their payrolls have changed since then.

Note that these numbers include the salaries of players on loan from MLS teams to international teams. Such players include Carlos Valdés (Philadelphia), Fredy Montero (Seattle) and Álvaro Fernández (Chicago).

Ranked by current guaranteed compensation:

1. New York Red Bulls: $9,981,939.42 / $10,939,331.17 (had been 1 / - $26,129.00 / - $78,371.00)
2. Seattle Sounders: $9,674,975.00 / $10,379,220.83 (had been 3 / + $4,311,179.00 / + $4,420,408.17)
3. Los Angeles Galaxy: $9,128,430.00 / $9,830,096.66 (had been 2 / + $101,500.00 / + $144,833.33)
4. Montréal Impact: $4,373,316.00 / $5,828,957.58 (had been 4 / + $500,258.00 / + $540,258.00) 

5. FC Dallas: $4,076,343.50 / $4,792,735.17 (had been 8 / + $444,000.00 / + $547,875.00)
6. Vancouver Whitecaps: $4,233,008.04 / $4,740,671.27 (had been 5 / - $75,112.96 / - $68,606.71)
7. Chicago Fire: $4,108,545.00 / $4,733,857.33 (had been 7 / + $408,000.00 / + $400,500.00)
8. Toronto FC: $3,681,399.86 / $4,417,649.68 (had been 6 / - $215,846.10 / - $293,194.61)

9. Real Salt Lake: $3,503,642.00 / $3,929,924.50 (had been 13 / + $223,625.00 / + $283,522.10)
10. San Jose Earthquakes: $3,605,241.50 / $3,822,811.48 (had been 17 / + $427,879.00 + $450,903.70)
11. Sporting Kansas City: $3,388,335.00 / $3,718,105.83 (had been 11 / - $47,750.00 / - $65,775.71)
12. Houston Dynamo: $3,288,333.50 / $3,668,640.17 (had been 12 / + $0.00 / + 0.00)

13. Philadelphia Union: $3,322,942.00 / $3,643,642.00 (had been 10 / - $176,320.00 / - $188,932.50)
14. Columbus Crew: $3,169,668.00 / $3,642,001.34 (had been 14 / + $0.00 / + $25,000.00)
15. Portland Timbers: $3,277,250.96 / $3,633,776.27 (had been 15 / + $64,274.96 / + $69,274.96)
16. D.C. United: $3,122,138.00 / $3,523,031.24 (had been 9 / - $342,275.00 / - $383,033.33)

17. Colorado Rapids: $2,802,901.20 / $3,224,012.98 (had been 18 / - $139,500.00 / - $147,312.50)
18. New England Revolution: $2,647,932.63 / $3,111,136.00 (had been 17 / - $343,200.00 / - $364,950.00)
19. Chivas USA: $2,328,182.50 / $2,495,796.13 (had been 19 / - $123,850.00 / - $111,350.00)


Why did the Sounders' payroll jump so much? I'm pretty sure you know the answer already. But just in case, here's a look at the top 25 salaries across MLS right now:

1. F Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders: $4,913,004.00 / $5,038,566.50
2. F Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls: $3,750,000.00 / $4,350,000.00
3. F Robbie Keane, Los Angeles Galaxy: $4,000,000.00 / $4,333,333.33
4. M Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls: $3,500,000.00 / $3,625,000.00

5. F Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy: $2,500,000.00 / $2,500,000.00
6. F Marco Di Vaio, Montréal Impact: $1,000,008.00 / $1,937,508.00
7. F Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders: $1,600,000.00 / $1,725,000.00
8. F Danny Koevermans, Toronto FC: $1,250,000.00 / $1,663,323.33

9. F Kenny Miller, Vancouver Whitecaps: $1,114,992.00 / $1,124,992.00
10. M David Ferreira, FC Dallas: $625,000.00 / $730,000.00
11. M Dwayne DeRosario, D.C. United: $600,000.00 / $645,333.33
12. F Federico Higuaín, Columbus Crew: $440,000.00 / $604,000.00

13. F Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes: $550,000.00 / $600,000.00
14. F Sherjill MacDonald, Chicago Fire: $400,000.00 / $527,125.00
15. M Kléberson, Philadelphia Union: $495,000.00 / $495,000.00
16. F Álvaro Saborío, Real Salt Lake: $360,000.00 / $453,333.33

17. M Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers: $400,000.00 / $400,000.00
18. M Mauro Díaz, FC Dallas: $312,000.00 / $398,000.00
19. M Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City: $350,000.00 / $383,250.00
20. D Jay DeMerit, Vancouver Whitecaps: $325,000.00 / $375,000.00

21. M Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo: $325,000.00 / $372,062.50
22. D Chad Marshall, Columbus Crew: $330,000.00 / $361,250.00
23. M Chris Pontius, D.C. United: $330,000.00 / $361,000.00
24. F Kenny Cooper, FC Dallas: $325,000.00 / $342,500.00
25. D Clarence Goodson, San Jose Earthquakes: $315,000.00 / $342,000.00

De Rosario is not a Designated Player, even though his salary is above the threshold of $368,750. D.C. United is paying down his cap hit with allocation money.

Dempsey, Díaz and Godoson arrived during the summer transfer window. I'm sure Goodson's salary will be of interest to some of you given his status with the U.S. national team, and his decision to return to MLS to get more playing time ahead of next year's World Cup.


Last month. MLS announced that it had established "Retention Funds" which gave teams an extra shot of cash to re-sign important players. During this past offseason, each team was given $225,000 to spend over a three-year period for this purpose.

Players who receive the money will have a portion of their salaries exempted from the cap budget. Teams can also choose to not spend the money and instead trade it in a manner similar to allocation money.

MLS also announced names of of players who were re-signed using retention funds. Here are those players, their current salaries, and their changes in salary since the end of the 2012 season:

D Tony Beltran, Real Salt Lake: $166,800.00 / $166,800.00 (+ $41,800.00 / + $6,300.00)
D Matt Besler, Sporting Kansas City: $180,000.00 / $180,000.00 (+ $88,249.00 / + $76,999.00)
M Sam Cronin, San Jose Earthquakes: $175,000.00 / $177,500.00 (+ $103,843.75 / + $58,343.75)
M Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution: $99,996.00 / $127,196.00 (+ 44,996.00 / + $71,196.00)

D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Seattle Sounders: $190,000.00 / $190,000.00 (+ $30,000.00 / + $29,000.00)
D George John, FC Dallas: $275,000.00 / $301,666.67 (+ $227,750.00 + $254,416.67)
M Juninho, Los Angeles: $290,000.00 / $290,000.00 (+ $240,000.00 / + $224,375.00)
M Gershon Koffie, Vancouver Whitecaps: $165,000.00 / $176,000.00 (+ $75,000.00 / + $83,500.00)

M Dax McCarty, New York Red Bulls: $180,000.00 / $222,500.00 (+ $5,625.00 / + $28,125.00)
D Drew Moor, Colorado Rapids: $235,000.00 / $247,000.00 (+ $34,996.00 / + $34,996.00)
M Chris Pontius, D.C. United: $330,000.00 / $361,000.00 (+ $175,000.00 / + $194,750.00)
D Chris Schuler, Real Salt Lake: $100,000.00 / $117,000.00 (+ $56,000.00 / + $73,000.00)

D Marvell Wynne, Colorado Rapids: $200,000.00 / $285,000.00 (- $50,000.00 / - $41,666.67)
M Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City: $350,000.00 $383,250.00 (+ $245,000.00 / + $244,437.50)


Here are some baseline leaguwide statistics. Numbers in parentheses reflect changes from the last salary release:

Mean salary: $148,250.04 base / $166,526.72 guaranteed (+ $6,346.91 / + $6,677.79)
Median salary: $75,000.00 base / $89,250.00 guaranteed (+ $0.00 / + $31.17)
Mode (most common) salary: $46,500.00 / $46,500.00 (+ $0.00 / + $0.00)

Highest salary: Clint Dempsey, $4,913,004.00 base / $5,038,566.50 guaranteed (Thierry Henry, $3,750,000.00 / $4,350,000.00)
Lowest salary: $35,125.00 / $35,125.00, 55 players ($35,125.00 / $35,125.00, 59 players)

And finally, the players who often go without recognition: the goalkeeper pool and the unsigned player pool.

Goalkeeper Pool

Doug Herrick: $35,125.00 / $35,125.00
Brad Stuver: $35,125.00 / $35,125.00

Unsigned Player Pool

M Terry Dunfield: $120,000.00 / $120,000.00 (last with Toronto FC)
F Paulo Araujo Jr.: $60,000.00 / $60,000.00 (last with Vancouver Whitecaps)
M Niko Muñiz: $46,500.00 / $48,500.00 (last with Real Salt Lake)
M Matt Stinson: $46,500.00 / $46,500.00 (last with Toronto FC)

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