SOCCER MONEY MATTERS

Dynamo rank last in 2018 MLS salaries with $5.2 million roster

The Dynamo's "moneyball" approach saw them reach the Western Conference final in 2017. Courtesy of Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

Major League Soccer player salaries were published Thursday - about one week after the close of the primary transfer window. Toronto FC came in with the highest payroll once again with three of their players making $5 million or more while the Houston Dynamo came in last among active teams for the second consecutive year.

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco topped the list with a guaranteed compensation of $7,115,555.67 while 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger is the owner of the highest base salary of $6,100,000.08 as a member of the Chicago Fire. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who arrived from Manchester United in March, is revealed to be playing with the LA Galaxy for a $1,500,000.00 salary.

The Dynamo’s total payroll of $5.26 million was lower than the top five players in the league in both base salary and guaranteed compensation. The entire list can be found on the MLS Players Association website.

The highest paid player on the Dynamo roster is Honduran forward Alberth Elis, making $650,340.00 annually. Swedish defender Adam Lundkvist, who was signed about two weeks ago and participated in his first practice with the team on Thursday afternoon in Vancouver, ame in second in base salary with a $405,000.00 salary.

Nine players at the Dynamo make under $100,000.00 in base salary including Memo Rodriguez, who scored the 90th minute game winner against the LA Galaxy last Saturday. Rookies Michael Nelson and Mac Steeves are tied for the lowest salary at 54,500.04.

The low on-field investment - compared to other MLS teams - has been one of the leading concerns among Dynamo fans in recent years. Gabriel Brener became the majority stakeholder in the club after buying out AEG’s share in December 2015.

Following the Dynamo’s playoff elimination after a 5-0 aggregate defeat to Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS Western Conference final last November, Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera was asked about having a higher budget to which he responded, “Our budget is not going to change...We’re going to try and do the same thing with the budget and find the players we can afford."
 

Dynamo General Manager Matt Jordan was on Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis earlier this week and was asked about the rumors of signing 2010 FIFA World Cup winner Fernando Torres this upcoming summer. Jordan responded, “I think we’ve shown, we’re willing to make investments. We have an ownership group that shows that, especially this last offseason with some of the acquisitions that we’ve made and they were significant investments in players like [Alberth] Elis and [Juan David] Cabezas.

“Our ownership group is definitely willing, and obviously it has to be the right player, the right timing,” added Jordan on having the financial backing from the club's ownership group, which includes Brener's longtime business partner and former Boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya.

The Dynamo acquired Elis and Cabezas on permanent transfers in the offseason, although the purchase fees were not disclosed. The club also punted on the upwards of $7 million investment in forward Erick Torres - who commanded a 650,000.00 base salary in 2017 - by selling the player for a reported $2 million fee this past January.

The Dynamo are in action tonight at Vancouver Whitecaps FC (9:30 p.m. CT kickoff, KUBE 57).

MLS Salaries by team (rounded to the nearest dollar)

Team

Base salary

Guaranteed compensation

1. Toronto FC

$23,480,305

$26,167,499

2. Los Angeles Galaxy

$14,799,180

$17,502,008

3. New York City FC

$13,249,558

$14,147,633

4. Chicago Fire

$13,165,346

$13,824,204

5. Los Angeles FC

$11,254,869

$13,432,053

6. Portland Timbers

$11,209,418

$12,516,335

7. Montreal Impact

$7,230,911

$11,888,541

8. Seattle Sounders

$9,767,458

$11,376,125

9. Atlanta United

$10,369,120

$11,306,330

10. Colorado Rapids

$9,981,477

$11,001,331

11. FC Dallas

$8,239,754

$9,333,819

12. Sporting Kansas City

$8,825,490

$9,176,166

13. Orlando City

$8,230,668

$8,981,658

14. Real Salt Lake

$8,228,528

$8,975,666

15. Philadelphia Union

$8,492,604

$8,915,988

16. Vancouver Whitecaps

$7,531,016

$8,233,012

17. Minnesota United

$7,561,894

$8,152,683

18. San Jose Earthquakes

$7,116,235

$7,787,253

19. New York Red Bulls

$7,079,490

$7,689,314

20. Columbus Crew

$6,632,083

$6,971,083

21. New England Revolution

$6,139,674

$6,818,556

22. D.C. United

$6,325,797

$6,744,420

23. Houston Dynamo

$5,267,338

$5,673,472

 

Houston Dynamo 2018 Player Salaries

Note: The Dynamo waived Midfielder Charlie Ward, announced Wednesday afternoon.
 

 

First Name

Last Name

Position

Base Salary

Total Compensation

1.

Alberth

Elis

F

$650,340.00

$650,340.00

2.

Adam

Lundkvist

D

$405,000.00

$433,750.00

3.

Tomas

Martinez

M

$305,004.00

$487,929.00

4.

DaMarcus

Beasley

D

$275,004.00

$275,004.00

5.

Mauro

Manotas

F

$264,328.08

$264,328.08

6.

Eric

Alexander

M

$260,004.00

$260,004.00

7.

Juan

Cabezas

M

$255,156.00

$279,156.00

8.

Romell

Quioto

F

$240,000.00

$252,500.00

9.

Andrew

Wenger

M

$230,000.00

$230,000.00

10.

Darwin

Ceren

M

$225,000.00

$274,375.00

11.

Philippe

Senderos

D

$225,000.00

$242,500.00

12.

Adolfo

Machado

D

$220,008.00

$236,508.00

13.

AJ

DeLaGarza

D

$200,000.04

$207,500.04

14.

Leonardo

Da Silva

D

$157,504.50

$165,171.17

15.

Chris

Seitz

GK

$155,004.00

$155,004.00

16.

Arturo

Alvarez

M

$150,000.00

$157,500.00

17.

Oscar Boniek

Garcia

M

$150,000.00

$165,000.00

18.

Joe

Willis

GK

$124,999.92

$132,749.92

19.

Dylan

Remick

D

$105,000.00

$106,666.67

20.

Jared

Watts

D-M

$92,500.00

$92,500.00

21.

Alejandro

Fuenmayor

D

$85,008.00

$112,508.00

22.

Kevin

Garcia

D

$68,915.07

$68,915.07

23.

George

Malki

D

$68,254.20

$68,254.20

24.

Eric

Bird

M

$67,500.00

$67,500.00

25.

Luis

Gil

M

$67,500.00

$67,500.00

26.

Memo

Rodriguez

M

$55,654.20

$55,654.20

27.*

Charlie

Ward

M

$55,654.20

$55,654.20

28.

Michael

Nelson

GK

$54,500.04

$54,500.04

29.

Mac

Steeves

GK

$54,500.04

$54,500.04

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Houston's bats couldn't keep up with Toronto's Saturday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With an offensive clinic in the opener on Friday night, which helped them handily defeat the Blue Jays, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park Saturday with a chance to secure another series. Toronto had other plans, though, reversing roles with Houston by getting big home runs to even the series.

Final Score: Blue Jays 8, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 17-16, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Steven Matz (5-2)

Losing Pitcher: Cristian Javier (3-1)

Toronto flips the script and turns on their offense against Javier

Toronto flipped the script from the night before early in this middle game of the series, dealing damage to Cristian Javier, who so far in 2021 had been able to limit his amount of earned runs. After retiring the first four batters he faced, a one-out walk in the top of the second set up the Blue Jays' first hit of the night, a two-run home run by Cavan Biggio, giving them a 2-0 lead over Houston.

After a leadoff home run made it a 3-0 score, Javier would deal with the fallout of more walks in the top of the third, issuing two to set up a two-out two-RBI double to give the Jays a commanding 5-0 advantage. Javier would battle back and complete five full innings, getting one out into the sixth before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to make the call to the bullpen. His final line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 91 P.

Alvarez keeps mashing as Houston tries to claw back into it

Javier would exit with at least some runs on the board in support of him, with Yordan Alvarez hitting a two-run opposite-field homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to three runs. Alvarez accounted for another run in the next inning, coming through with an RBI-single to make it 5-3, which is where the game stood as Andre Scrubb would take over in the top of the sixth.

Scrubb finished that inning for Javier and returned for a 1-2-3 seventh to keep it a two-run game. Bryan Abreu was the next reliever, and he, too, was able to retire the Blue Jays in order in the top of the eighth. The Astros continued to chip away at Toronto's lead, getting another run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI by Yuli Gurriel to make it 5-4 heading to the ninth.

Toronto evens the series

Brooks Raley entered to try and keep it a one-run game with a clean inning, but instead, two runners would reach on a walk and error before Joe Smith would enter to try and strand them. Instead, a two-out home run put the game back out of reach at 8-4, with Houston coming up empty in the bottom of the inning, setting up a rubber match in the finale.

Up Next: This series's third and final game will be an afternoon start of 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Zack Greinke (2-1, 3.76 ERA) will try to add more wins to his record for Houston, while Nate Pearson will be making his 2021 debut for Toronto.

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