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New York City FC shed $4.7M off salary budget in 2019

All told NYCFC is 14th in the league this year in total base salary ($9,451,372), down $4.7 million from a year ago.

Jun 6, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York City FC midfielder Alexandru Mitrita (28) celebrates his goal against FC Cincinnati during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

When David Villa left to play a final season in Japan after Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo retired, it closed the book on one chapter for New York City FC and started another.

The club is significantly younger this year and, as is evident in the MLS Players Association’s salary guide for 2019 released on Wednesday, is getting more bang for its buck.

Now there’s just one millionaire on the books — midfield maestro Maxi Moralez, who checks in at $2 million for 2019, the 20th-largest salary in the league this season.

Heber, who has helped fill the scoring void of the departed Villa is the club’s fourth highest-paid player at $785,000, behind captain Alex Ring, whose new contact pays him $945,000 in guaranteed compensation this season and Designated Player Jesus Medina.

While fans will complain that Medina hasn’t lived up to his $870,833 wage hit of guaranteed compensation, new Designated Player Alexandru Mitrita is a virtual steal at $500,000. However the club reportedly did spend a pretty penny ($8.5 million) on his transfer fee

All told NYCFC is 14th in the league this year in total base salary ($9,451,372), down $4.7 million from a year ago.

Originally, the MLSPA listed Samuel “Kwaku” Owusu on the salary list at $70,250. He’s since been removed, with the club saying a contract offer has been made to the NYCFC academy standout defender.

Here’s a look at New York City FC’s 2019 salary list with guaranteed compensation figures listed:

  • Maxi Moralez — $2,00,000
  • Alex Ring — $945,000
  • Jesus Medina — $870,833
  • Heber — $788,750
  • Alexander Callens — $664,000
  • Maxime Chanot — $650,000
  • Anton Tinnerholm — $581,725
  • Alexandru Mitrita — $500,000
  • Ronald Matarrita — $420,000
  • Sean Johnson — $400,000
  • Ebenezer Ofori — $400,000
  • Ismael Tajouri-Shradi — $380,500
  • Valentin Castellanos — $274,806
  • Ben Sweat — $200,000
  • Keaton Parks — $165,000
  • James Sands — $105,000
  • Brad Stuver — $100,000
  • Juan Pablo Torres — $84,750
  • Joe Scally — $78,067
  • Sebastien Ibeagha — $74,250
  • Tony Rocha — $72,347
  • Danny Bedoya — $70,250
  • Jeff Caldwell — $57,225
  • Luis Barraza — $56,250
  • Justin Haak — $56,250
  • Mohamed Abdi – $56,250

 
Check out the full MLS salary database:



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