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MLS salary update: Wayne Rooney not highest paid player

Oct 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney (9) hugs Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (31) after their match at Audi Field. United won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

D.C. United star Wayne Rooney, who arrived from Everton in July, has not dethroned Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco as Major League Soccer’s top earner, according to updated salary information released Tuesday by the MLS Players Association.

The new salary figures take into account players who, like Rooney and the Montreal Impact’s Bacary Sagna, were acquired during the summer transfer window.

The Players Union’s previous version of the salary guide, which was released May 11, stated there were 46 players in the league making at least $1 million. New figures show the number of MLS millionaires has increased to 53.

Giovinco leads the way with $7,115,555 in guaranteed compensation for 2018.

New members to the league’s millionaires club include Rooney, who has MLS’ ninth-highest salary at $2,776,730 in guaranteed compensation. Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz ($2 million), New England’s Michael Mancienne ($1.37 million), Montreal’s Rod Fanni ($1.225 million), Los Angeles FC’s Andre Horta ($1.198 million), Sporting Kansas City’s Andreu Fontas ($999,999) and Johnny Russell ($1,131,578) are all in the latest batch of high earners.

Sagna, who joined Montreal in August, is pegged at $525,000 while Mancienne remains the league’s highest-paid defender.

Portland Timbers defender Jorge Villafaña, who landed in the Rose City via allocation, is at $617,500.

Take a look at all MLS player salaries in the sortable table below:




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