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New England Revolution don’t spend a lot, but are they still overpaying for players?

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Mar 24, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York City FC midfielder Jesus Medina (19) battles with New England Revolution forward Krisztian Nemeth (9) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution have the third-lowest payroll in Major League Soccer.

Salary information released Thursday by the MLS Players Union showed the Revolution are frugal spenders, though some of their players’ salaries are higher than the quality of their performances at this point in the season.

New England’s payroll is $6,818,566. Here’s a look at where the money goes:

(As an aside: New England will drop down to the second-lowest payroll in the league if DC United are able to sign Wayne Rooney from Everton.)

Biggest earners

Krisztian Nemeth is the Revs’ highest paid player at just shy of $1.008 million in total compensation. Nemeth has yet to earn his salary on the pitch this season, having played just 132 minutes through the club’s first nine games.

Central defender Claude Dielna ($909,861) is the club’s second-highest paid player. Dielna’s figure looks less savory this week in the aftermath of the team’s 4-2 loss to Montreal over the weekend.

Forward Juan Agudelo, currently out with a hamstring injury, is the next highest-paid player. Agudelo, who has one goal on the season, is making $602,500.

>> Check out Pro Soccer USA’s full searchable, sortable database of MLS player salaries.

Newcomers

Since last year’s player salary data was released, the New England Revolution have acquired Wilfried Zahibo, Gabriel Somi, Cristian Penilla, Luis Caicedo, Isaac Angking and Jalil Anibaba, plus rookies Brandon Bye, Nicolas Samayoa and Mark Segbers.

Bye, Segbers, and Samayoa are all under $58,000. Meanwhile, Angking, a homegrown signing who is out with a long-term ailment, is pegged at $72,500.

Somi, who has the worst passing accuracy on the team, is making $424,999.

Zahibo, with three goals, has shown that he’s valuable on both sides of the ball. He earns $544,000.

Caicedo ($300,000) and Penilla ($550,000) have been key contributors in the center of the pitch as well. Meanwhile, Anibaba ($90,000) is arguably the best value signing this year. He’s been one of the most consistent defenders on the back line.

Who did the Revolution moneyball?

Though he’s slid into more of a substitute role the last two weeks, Scott Caldwell is quite affordable at $139,375 given his passing abilities.

Kelyn Rowe – though he’s been out injured and on the fringes for most of the season – is emerging as a United States national team talent and isn’t making much at $258,000.

No one expected goalkeeper Matt Turner – a third-stringer before this year’s season-opener – to factor so prominently in 2018, so at salary of $67,500 he is also a bargain.

Overpaid? Underpaid? Depends.

The Revolution aren’t getting much value out of defender Antonio Delamea’s $400,000 salary right now, especially since he’s only made one appearance this season. Diego Fagundez ($190,000) started the season hot but has a tendency to be streaky.

Teal Bunbury leads the team in scoring with four goals. If he keeps his current pace, he will have roughly 15 goals to his name this season, which would make him a steal at his $260,000 salary.

 

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