Federico Higuain is the highest-paid non-millionaire in Major League Soccer, according to figures released today by the players' association.
Higuain, the Crew's designated player, will receive $744,000 in guaranteed compensation for 2014. It is the 13th-highest salary in the league and a raise of $140,000 from what he made last season. Crew players will make a combined $3,687,507.01 in guaranteed compensation, a decrease of $201,369.33 from last year.
Federico Higuain is the highest-paid non-millionaire in Major League Soccer, according to figures released today by the players’ association.
Higuain, the Crew’s designated player, will receive $744,000 in guaranteed compensation for 2014. It is the 13th-highest salary in the league and a raise of $140,000 from what he made last season. Crew players will make a combined $3,687,507.01 in guaranteed compensation, a decrease of $201,369.33 from last year.
Other interesting notes from the figures, which do not provide the entire picture but serve as a rough guide:
-Jairo Arrieta took a pay cut while Dominic Oduro earned a hefty raise. Last season, Oduro’s guaranteed compensation of $122,015 was 11th-highest on the roster and he will make $251,666.67 this year – third-most on the team. Arrieta, meanwhile, had his option for 2014 declined when Gregg Berhalter took over as coach and sporting director but re-signed at a lesser figure. After making $225,375 last year, fifth-most for the Crew, he will make $135,000 in guaranteed compensation this year, 10th-most.
-Defender Josh Williams earned a $72,687 raise to $125,000 when he re-signed with the Crew.
-Of the 10 highest-paid Crew players, three are defenders, three are defensive midfielders, three are forwards/attacking midfielders and one is a goalkeeper. Last year, two of the top 10 were defenders, five were defensive midfielders and three were forwards/attacking midfielders.
-Wil Trapp received a $25,000 raise after making $127,000 last year. His $152,000 salary is seventh on the roster and tops among the Crew’s homegrown players.
-Defender Giancarlo Gonzalez, who was not added to the roster until midway through the preseason, has a guaranteed compensation of $243,750. Offseason addition Waylon Francis, who was essentially signed by the previous coaching staff, is sixth on the roster at $153,875.
-Forward Ryan Finley, who is on loan to USL Pro affiliate Dayton, will make $78,650 in guaranteed compensation, a 5.91 percent raise from last season. He was the Crew’s first-round draft pick in 2013. This year’s first-round pick, Ben Sweat, has a figure of $48,500.
Also of note: defender Chad Marshall will make $286,666.67 with Seattle this year after making $361,250 with the Crew last season.
Here is a list of who is paid what, from top to bottom. Figures listed are 2014 guaranteed compensation.
Federico Higuain $744,000
Michael Parkhurst $300,000
Dominic Oduro $251,666.67
Giancarlo Gonzalez $243,750
Tony Tchani $175,000
Waylon Francis $153,875
Wil Trapp $152,000
Agustin Viana $141,666.67
Steve Clark $138,333.33
Jairo Arrieta $135,000
Josh Williams $125,000
Justin Meram $91,827
Tyson Wahl $89,666.67
Ryan Finley $78,650
Daniel Paladini $76,666.67
Hector Jimenez $75,000
Ethan Finlay $65,847
Ben Speas $65,100
Bernardo Anor $48,825
Chad Barson $48,825
Eric Gehrig $48,825
Kevan George $48,825
Matt Lampson $48,825
Aaron Schoenfeld $48,825
Brad Stuver $48,500
Ben Sweat $48,500
Matt Wiet $48,500
Fifi Baiden $36,504
Adam Bedell $36,504
Ross Friedman $36,500
Matt Walker $36,500
Here is how those figures stack up by position:
Forwards/attacking midfielders $1,677,744.67
Defensive midfielders: $581,837.34