Galaxy, LAFC rank in the top half of MLS payrolls


The Galaxy have the second-highest team payroll and the second-highest-paid player in MLS, according to salary figures released Tuesday by the players’ union.The team’s wage bill of $20.53 million is about $470,000 less than Atlanta United’s total of $20.99 million. But it’s more than $200,000 greater than last season’s salary figure, which led MLS.Individually, Galaxy captain Javier “Chicharito” Hernández will make $6 million this season, trailing only the Chicago Fire’s Xherdan Shaqiri, who will be paid a league-record $8.153 million in guaranteed compensation.LAFC’s Carlos Vela, who was the best-paid player in MLS last season, saw his guaranteed compensation trimmed by $2.25 million to $4.05 million. That’s still seventh best in the league. LAFC’s team payroll of $14.56 million, $1.2 million less than last year, ranks 11th in the league.The Galaxy are paying the 29 players on their roster an average of $707,863 while the 28 men on LAFC’s roster are earning an average of $520,847.The union says the average base salary for senior roster non-designated players this season rose 10.3%, to $438,728, continuing a trend of double-digit growth over the past five seasons. Fifty players will make at least $1.5 million this season.With the Galaxy spending big on Hernández and Brazilian Douglas Costa — whose guaranteed salary of $3 million is 16th highest in MLS — the team is spending more on forwards — $12.45 million — than any other club. But they have gotten little return from that investment with 12 goals in 11 games, the Galaxy have outscored just six of the league’s 28 teams. LAFC forward Carlos Vela in action against the Colorado Rapids during the first half on Saturday in Commerce City, Colo.(David Zalubowski / Associated Press) Besides Hernández and Costa, the Galaxy have one other millionaire in designated player Kévin Cabral, who will make $1.65 million. Forward Preston Judd is the team’s lowest-paid player at $65,500 while midfielder Sacha Kljestan took a pay cut of more than $163,000, to $84,000.For LAFC, the best-paid player after Vela is U.S. national team midfielder Kellyn Acosta, whose guaranteed compensation is $1.215 million. The team has two other millionaires in midfielder Ilie Sánchez ($1.15 million) and forward Brian Rodríguez ($1.45 million). The lowest-paid player is forward Cal Jennings with a salary of $84,000.The team getting the most for its money is Real Salt Lake, which is fifth in the Western Conference standings with a payroll of $10.477 million. That breaks down to $551,466 a point. Chicago, which is last in the Eastern Conference with 10 points, is spending more than three times as much per point with a payroll topping $17.65 million.MLS team payrollsAtlanta, $20.999 millionGalaxy, $20.528 millionMiami, $18.882 millionNew England, $18.141 millionChicago, $17.645 millionSeattle, $16.983 millionNew York City, $15.543Toronto, $15.213 millionDallas, $15.031 millionColumbus. $14.978 millionLAFC, $14.563 millionCincinnati, $13.789 millionAustin, $13.754 millionKansas City, $13.631 millionMinnesota, $13.240 millionMontreal, $12.920 millionDC United, $12.483 millionVancouver, $11.946 millionPhiladelphia, $11.808 millionNew York Red Bulls, $11.726 millionNashville, $11.710 millionHouston, $11.548 millionSan Jose, $11.541 millionOrlando, $11.509 millionColorado, $11.390 millionPortland, $11.311 millionCharlotte, $10.708 millionSalt Lake, $10.477 millionHighest paid players(guaranteed compensation)Xherdan Shaqiri, Chicago, M, $8.153 millionJavier “Chicharito” Hernández, F, Galaxy, $6 millionGonzalo Higuaín, Miami, F, $5.793 millionAlejandro Pozuelo, Toronto, M, $4.693 millionJozy Altidore, New England, F, $4.264 millionJosef Martínez, Atlanta, F, $4.141 millionCarlos Vela, LAFC, F, $4.050 millionLuis Araujo, Atlanta, F, $3.941 millionLucas Zelarayan, Columbus, M, $3.7 millionGil Carles, New England, M, $3.545 millionRodolfo Pizarro, Miami, M, $3.350 millionNicolás Lodeiro, Seattle, M, $3.256 millionFranco Jara, Dallas, F, $3.227 millionRaúl Ruidíaz, Seattle, F, $3.201 millionVictor Wanyama, Montreal, M, $3.091 millionDouglas Costa, Galaxy, F/M, $3 millionAdrien Hunou, Minnesota, F, $2.687 millionGustavo Bou, New England, M, $2.675 millionGastón Giménez, Chicago, M, $2.360 millionCarlos Salcedo, Toronto, D, $2.351 millionThiago Almada, Atlanta, M, $2.332 millionSebastian Driussi, Austin, F, $2.317 millionRyan Gauld, Vancouver, M, $2.265 millionKarol Swiderski, Charlotte, F, $2.258 millionLuciano Acosta, Cincinnati, M, $2.222 millionGalaxy salaries(guaranteed compensation)Daniel Aguirre, F, $66,724Efraín Álvarez, M, $712,167Julián Araujo, D, $678,750Jonathan Bond, G, $526,875Kévin Cabral, F, $1.65 millionDouglas Costa, M/F, $3 millionSéga Coulibaly, D, $457,000Mark Delgado, M, $726,250Nick DePuy, D, $231,000Cameron Dunbar, M, $136,750Raheem Edwards, D, $307,500Adam Saldaña, M, $95,447Marcus Ferkranus, D, $113,625Samuel Grandsir, F/M, $988,427Carlos Harvey, M, $84,000Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, F, $6 millionDejan Joveljic, F, $612,500Preston Judd, F, $65,500Jonathan Klinsmann, G, $200,000Sacha Kljestan, M, $84,000Kelvin Leerdam, D, $335,000Jalen Neal, D, $113,625Jonathan Pérez, M, $171,750Rayan Raveloson, M, $855,025Richard Sánchez, G, $84,000Victor Vázquez, M, $440,000Jorge Villafaña, D, $486,667Derrick Williams, D, $821,458Eriq Zavaleta, $84,000LAFC salaries(guaranteed compensation)Kellyn Acosta, M, $1.215 millionCristian Arango, F, $683,000Latif Blessing, M, $416,667José Cifuentes, M, $411,750Maxime Crépeau, G, $302,500Erik Dueñas, D, $102,000Franco Escobar, D, $550,008Mamadou Fall, D, $118,750Julian Gaines, F, $87,444Francisco Ginella, M, $572,250Doneil Henry, D, $403,000Ryan Hollingshead, $393,750Sebastian Ibeagha, D, $252,125Cal Jennings, F, $84,000Antonio Leone, D, $102,000John McCarthy, G, $110,000Jesús Murillo, D, $509,500Danny Musovski, F, $93,988Kwadwo, Opoku, F, $133,095Diego Palacios, D, $510,000Brian Rodríguez, F, $1.144 millionTomás Romero, G, $95,000Ilie Sánchez, $1.15 millionEddie Segura, $224,000Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, F, $647,860Christian Torres, $101,230Mohamed Traore, D, $100,000Carlos Vela, F, $4.05 million