COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – It’s no secret that Tim Howard is by far the Colorado Rapids most expensive player since signing with the club in March of 2016. As the lone goalkeeper who’s also a Designated Player in Major League Soccer, it’s been a major talking point since the then 37-year-old made his return to the league.
The MLS Players Association released its annual salary guide Thursday and Howard remains Colorado’s highest compensated player, followed by fellow DP Shkëlzen Gashi, who is slated to make nearly $1.7 million this season. Rounding out the top four are new signing Yannick Boli ($907,500) and Stefan Aigner ($845,885).
Accounting for total spending, Colorado rounds out the top ten highest payrolls in MLS at $11 million.
Highest paid goalkeeping corps in MLS
Howard’s total compensation of just under $2.48 million makes him the highest-paid goalkeeper in MLS, nearly 3.5 times the amount of the next highest-paid goalkeeper, Brad Guzan of Atlanta United. By a substantial amount, the Rapids have the highest-paid goalkeeping corps in the league, with backup Zac MacMath earning a total compensation of $170,000 while third-string ‘keeper Andrew Dykstra, who has spent much of his time on loan with USL affiliate Charlotte this season, has a listed compensation of $107,558.
Percentage-wise, the biggest raise on the team belongs to striker Dominique Badji. Badji, who signed a multi-year contract extension last October, saw his total compensation increase to $168,750 — a nearly 160 percent increase from last year’s total compensation of $65,000.
Even with a substantial pay raise, Badji remains one of the highest value players on Colorado’s roster. He’s scored half of the team’s goals this season (5), or around $33,750 per goal. In contrast, the current MLS Golden Boot leader, Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez is averaging nearly $200,000 per goal scored with seven tallies thus far.
As highlighted early in the season, midfielder Enzo Martinez has been a great value pickup for Colorado. Martinez, who is making $67,500 this season, has started seven of Colorado’s eight games thus far, logging an assist while being a steady two-way presence in the Rapids midfield.
Rapids defender Edgar Castillo, listed with a total compensation of $129,996, has been one of Colorado’s most consistent defenders this season, logging every minute of Colorado’s eight games thus far. It’s a relative steal for being one of only two players that has earned a senior call-up to both the U.S. and Mexican National teams.
Rapids striker Yannick Boli is still working into form according to Colorado’s coaching staff, but with just three shots taken in 85 minutes logged over four games, Colorado isn’t currently getting value for Boli’s $907,500 in compensation for 2018.
A highly-touted signing from last season’s secondary transfer window, German midfielder Stefan Aigner likewise isn’t bringing much value to team currently. With a compensation of $845,885, Aigner has failed to gain favor with head coach Anthony Hudson, logging only 11 minutes during Colorado’s eight regular season games.
Gashi is the only player on this list that has scored for the Rapids, but the oft injured Swiss Albanian has only logged 93 minutes of action in 2018, while earning nearly $1.7 million in total compensation.
Here’s a full list of Colorado Rapids player salaries for 2018:
|Tim Howard||Colorado Rapids||GK||$2,000,000.00||$2,475,000.00|
|Shkelzen Gashi||Colorado Rapids||F||$1,575,000.00||$1,668,750.00|
|Yannick Boli||Colorado Rapids||F||$774,999.96||$907,499.96|
|Stefan Aigner||Colorado Rapids||M||$800,000.04||$845,885.46|
|Joe Mason||Colorado Rapids||F||$650,000.04||$682,500.04|
|Tommy Smith||Colorado Rapids||D||$600,000.00||$639,999.96|
|Daniel Wilson||Colorado Rapids||D||$500,000.04||$540,000.00|
|Jack Price||Colorado Rapids||M||$399,999.96||$407,499.96|
|Nana Adjei-Boateng||Colorado Rapids||M||$320,004.00||$361,250.00|
|Sam Nicholson||Colorado Rapids||M||$265,008.00||$311,456.00|
|Johan Blomberg||Colorado Rapids||M||$239,808.00||$239,808.00|
|Axel Sjoberg||Colorado Rapids||D||$189,996.00||$194,996.00|
|Zac MacMath||Colorado Rapids||GK||$170,000.00||$170,000.00|
|Dominique Badji||Colorado Rapids||F||$162,500.04||$168,750.04|
|Marlon Hairston||Colorado Rapids||M||$144,996.00||$144,996.00|
|Michael Azira||Colorado Rapids||M||$125,000.00||$131,625.00|
|Edgar Castillo||Colorado Rapids||D||$99,996.00||$129,996.00|
|Andrew Dykstra||Colorado Rapids||GK||$100,008.00||$107,658.51|
|Caleb Calvert||Colorado Rapids||F||$105,000.00||$105,000.00|
|Dillon Serna||Colorado Rapids||M||$95,000.04||$95,000.04|
|Kortne Ford||Colorado Rapids||D||$82,500.00||$89,500.00|
|Jack McBean||Colorado Rapids||F||$68,906.25||$68,906.25|
|Sam Hamilton||Colorado Rapids||M||$68,254.20||$68,254.20|
|Kip Colvey||Colorado Rapids||D||$67,500.00||$67,500.00|
|Mike da Fonte||Colorado Rapids||D||$67,500.00||$67,500.00|
|Enzo Martinez||Colorado Rapids||M||$67,500.00||$67,500.00|
|Deklan Wynne||Colorado Rapids||D||$67,500.00||$67,500.00|
|Ricardo Perez||Colorado Rapids||M||$60,000.00||$61,250.00|
|Sam Vines||Colorado Rapids||D||$60,000.00||$61,250.00|
|Niki Jackson||Colorado Rapids||F||$54,500.04||$54,500.04|