MLS's top 20 earners make nearly half of league's wages, salary report shows "The pay disparity in Major League Soccer was laid bare on Thursday as MLS released its biannual salary figures"
"The best paid player in MLS is Orlando City’s Kaká, with nearly $7.2m guaranteed for this season. Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard come next, each with guaranteed compensation of more than $6m. David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Clint Dempsey earn more than $4m each, while Tim Howard should do well at Colorado Rapids, with more than $2.5m guaranteed. The figures were released Thursday by the MLS players union. But a large number of MLS stalwarts earn much less than that. Diego Valeri, one of the league’s most skilful playmakers, earns $550,000 at Portland, and his midfield team-mate Darlington Nagbe earns $500,000. Ignacio Piatti at Montreal is guaranteed $425,000, while Tommy McNamara, Lampard’s team-mate at New York City FC, is paid just $73,500 in base salary, and $85,000 overall. McNamara has impressed with his whole-hearted style; Lampard has not played a league game this season." ‎- Eivind
I think a much better team could be built by spreading the giant salaries on more players. What is the salary cap outside of the designated player? ‎- Eivind
I'm not sure what the cap is, but I know seven players make more than Philadelphia's entire roster (and probably that of a bunch of other teams). ‎- John B.
According to Wikipedia, this year's cap is $3.66 million. ‎- Bill Mason
Thanks, and the cap per player seems to be ~$450k. Does any team currently spread their budget more evenly? Would be interested to see as an experiment if not. ‎- Eivind