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MLS Players Union releases New England Revolution 2013 salaries

Posted by Julian Cardillo  May 6, 2013 11:53 PM

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The MLS Players' Union released the 2013 salaries of every league player on Monday. The Revolution look, for the most part, like they know how to play moneyball. But the salaries of some players who haven't earned minutes in months is just head scratching.

Kalifa Cisse is the Revolution's highest paid player, making $400,000. Cisse was the most expensive off-season acquisition, though he more or less replaced Benny Feilhaber, who made the same amount but was traded to Sporting Kansas City during the off-season.

The Revolution's off-season acquisitions cost varying amounts. Chad Barrett earns $105,000 but has only played in three games. Andy Dorman makes $125,000, which is $94,130 more than his salary was when he left the Revolution in 2007. Jose Goncalves makes $75,000, though the Revolution may have negotiated to pay less of his salary when they signed him on loan from FC Sion. Bilal Duckett makes the least of the off-season newcomers with a $35,125 salary.

Scott Caldwell, the Revolution's second home-grown signing, is making $46,500. Andrew Farrell, who was the first overall pick at this year's draft, makes $80,000. The rest of the Revolution rookies (Gabe Latigue, Donnie Smith, Luis Soffner) are making $35,125.

The Revolution's starting lineup last Thursday night against Portland cost them $33,133. The New York Red Bulls starting lineup in their last game was $272,707.

Several of last year's players saw their salaries increase. The list below shows this year's players and their 2013 salaries followed by their 2012 salaries:

Player 2013 2012
Matt Reis $165,000 $157,000
Bobby Shuttleworth $80,004 $44,101
Darrius Barnes $71,467 $68,063
AJ Soares $103,345 $76,450
Chris Tierney $82,265 $73,125
Stephen McCarthy $87,120 $51,700
Tyler Polak $65,000 $60,000
Clyde Simms $87,500 $75,000
Diego Fagundez $99,996 $55,000
Ryan Guy $48,510 $44,100
Lee Nguyen $73,600 $44,000
Sainey Nyassi $88,200 $84,000
Kelyn Rowe $90,000 $75,000
Saer Sene $200,000 $138,000
Jerry Bengston $132,000 $120,000
Juan Toja $275,000 NA
Dmitry Imbongo $90,000 $69,999

Head Scratchers:


  • Sainey Nyassi has yet to make an appearance in 2013 and played just 11 minutes in 2012. His salary increased by $4,200 this off-season to $88,200

  • Chad Barrett took nearly a 50 percent pay cut in signing with the Revolution after playing with the LA Galaxy for $220,000 last year. Still, he has only played in three games this year.

  • Dmitry Imbongo's salary went up by $20,000 to $90,000 and he is occupying a roster spot. He has looked very sharp this year, but has scored just one goal in his short time with the Revolution. If his scoring output doesn't rise, expect his option to not be picked up.


Some of the Revolution's salary increases are likely due to league rules involving the salary cap and player contracts. Other increases may be because of undisclosed contract negotiations between the player and club.

Using only these numbers, the Revolution have used $2,429,166 of their $2,950,000 salary cap.

The highest-paid players in MLS overall are:

Player Base salary Total compensation
F Thierry Henry, New York $3,750,000 $4,350,000
F Robbie Keane, Los Angeles $4,000,000 $4,333,333
M Tim Cahill, New York $3,500,000 $3,625,000
F Landon Donovan, Los Angeles $2,500,000 $2,500,000
F Marco Di Vaio, Montreal $1,000,008 $1,937,508
F Obafemi Martins, Seattle $1,600,000 $1,725,000
F Danny Koevermans, Toronto $1,250,000 $1,663,323
F Kenny Miller, Vancouver $1,114,992 $1,132,492
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About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers insight and analysis about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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