The Major League Soccer Players Association on Wednesday released league-wide salary figures, and without Brazilian superstar Kaká on the payroll, Orlando City has a new highest-paid player.
The chart looks at a players’ base salary, as well as total compensation, which includes “all signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player’s contract, including option years.”
Star striker Dom Dwyer is Orlando City’s highest-paid player, receiving total compensation of $1,383,333.33, according to the report. He is one of two Orlando City players, including Sacha Kljestan, receiving at least $1 million in total compensation this season.
Kljestan’s total compensation is $1,100,000.04.
Kaká received $7,167,500 in total compensation in 2017, the highest salary in MLS history. He retired at the end of last season and Orlando City’s difference in player spending is massive.
Last season, the club spent $14,584,737.37 in total compensation. This season, that number is down to $8,981,657.53.
New centerback Lamine Sané is the third-highest paid player with the club. In total, four of the top 10 highest-paid players with the club are new to Orlando City.
New winger Justin Meram got a pretty big raise, too. Last season with the Columbus Crew, he made $328,750.
With Orlando City, he’s making $250,008 more for a total salary of $578,758.
Defensive midfielder Cristian Higuita also received a huge raise, from $286,666.67 in 2017 to $581,663.67 this season.
Young designated player Josué Colmán is the club’s 16th highest-paid player with a salary of $150,000.
Here’s the list of salaries for Orlando City’s players ranked by total compensation:
- Dom Dwyer: $1,383,333.33
- Sacha Kljestan: $1,100,000.04
- Lamine Sané: $855,000.04
- Jonathan Spector: $636,941.50
- Yoshimar Yotun: $599,996.00
- Cristian Higuita: $581,662.67
- Justin Meram: $578,758.00
- Will Johnson: $470,004.00
- Oriol Rosell: $412,500.00
- Scott Sutter: $225,000.00
- Mohammed El-Munir: $192,833.29
- Joe Bendik: $189,083.40
- Stefano Pinho: $183,333.33
- Dillon Powers: $180,000.00
- Richie Laryea: $164,000.00
- Josué Colman: $150,000.00
- Donny Toia: $125,004.00
- Chris Mueller: $98,749.96
- PC: $95,312.50
- RJ Allen: $90,000.00
- Cam Lindley: $88,906.29
- Amro Tarek: $88,333.37
- Jose Villarreal: $84,999.96
- Chris Schuler: $81,250.00
- Tony Rocha: $68,901.84
- Earl Edwards: $68,250.00
- Mason Stajduhar: $67,500.00
- Adam Grinwis: $67,500.00
- Pierre Da Silva: $54,504.00