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LA Galaxy’s high payroll isn’t yet translating to on-field success

Apr 14, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) reacts after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire during the first half at Bridgeview Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Big names have been the standard for the LA Galaxy throughout the club’s history, and, of course, with big names come big price tags.

It is not much of a secret that the Galaxy shells out for offensive talent. This year, the team boasts a range of well-known stars beginning to find their form and cohesion as a group. So when the MLS Players Association released its first salary guide Thursday, the biggest Galaxy news related to the team’s defense. 

Defender Jørgen Skjelvik is the highest paid defender in all of Major League Soccer at $1 million annually, while two other Galaxy defenders, Ashley Cole and Michaël Ciani, are among the top 25 highest-paid defenders in the league at $722,499 and $620,000, respectively.

Yet defensive woes have already become a theme for the LA Galaxy this season. The club is tied for fifth worst in the league for goals allowed, having conceded sixteen goals in nine matches played so far.

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Here’s a look at the guaranteed salaries of the LA Galaxy’s starting XI from their last match, May 5th against the Houston Dynamo:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($1.5 million)

Ola Kamara ($925,000)

Giovani Dos Santos ($6 million)

Romain Alessandrini ($1.87 million)

Sebastian Lletget ($252,666)

Perry Kitchen ($474,166)

Ashley Cole ($722,499)

Jorgen Skjelvik ($1 million)

Michael Ciani ($620,000)

Dave Romney ($74,418)

David Bingham ($275,000)

In total, the most recent starting lineup is worth about $13.714 million. Note: Midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos and his $2 million rode the bench for that match due to injury. And the entire roster ranks second in the league with total compensation equaling more than $17.5 million, second only to Toronto’s $26.17 million roster.

For now, that money isn’t translating to success. The Galaxy (3-5-1, 10 points) are currently sitting in 8th place in the Western Conference through nine games.

 

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