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Ignacio Piatti among MLS highest earners on 2019 players union salary list

At $4,443,333 this season, Ignacio Piatti ranks seventh in MLS in total compensation this season.

May 18, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti (10) arrives at Stade Saputo before the game against the New England Revolution. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

Ignacio Piatti remains among the league’s highest paid players in this year’s salary list, published by the MLS Players Association Wednesday.

At $4,443,333 this season, Piatti ranks seventh in MLS. The Argentine got a slight pay-cut from his 2018 salary of $4,713,333.  With only five games in the bank this season, the Montreal Impact have not gotten their money’s worth with their designated player in 2019. 

New players on the payroll

The Impact had to open their checkbook in the winter when it came to reinforcements. Most notably of the three new arrivals: Orji Okwonkwo and Harry Novillo.

Novillo, the French forward commands a $616,667 salary, but has only played in eight games, starting four of them.

As for Okwonkwo, the Bologna loanee also came at a price. The Nigerian youth international is earning $220,000 for the 2019 MLS season. 

Montreal Impact millionaires club

Two players have joined Piatti as millionaires on the team: Maxi Urruti and Saphir Taider

Urruti became the Impact’s second seven-figure man this winter by signing a new deal giving him 1,071,000 annually. This is almost a $300,000 raise for the Argentinian from his FC Dallas contract which brought him $781,000 per year.

Saphir Taider closed the circle by being the third member of the Impact’s millionaires club. After a breakout season in 2018 on both sides of the ball, the Algerian international reach $1.4 million in annual salary. This is the most significant rise for the Impact payroll, representing a $600,000 increase.   

Notable raises

After having serious impacts on the 2018 season, Evan Bush and Bacary Sagna both got the raises they were seeking. 

After having a career year in 2018, Bush is now earning $294,667 , up $136,000 from last season. On his end, Sagna got convinced to stay in Montreal for another year and is now earning $705,000 up from his $525,000 from last season.

Rudy Camacho also got a bump in salary, receiving $749,153 this season compared to his $699,152 salary in 2019. 

Piette: Impact’s bang for their buck

Samuel Piette, one of the Impact’s most consistent players, remains one of the team’s biggest bargains. 

With a $143,159 yearly earning, 14 players on the Impact squad earn more than the Canadian international. Piette did receive a raise from last year with a $14,000 increase. 

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