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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Timely hitting helps Astros edge out D-backs to even series

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The Astros had two losses over the last 24 hours; one a game against the Diamondbacks in the series opener on Friday night, the other the news that their recovering ace, Justin Verlander, announced Saturday afternoon that he is opting to undergo Tommy John surgery. The decision and surgery will likely sideline Verlander through 2021 when his current contract with Houston ends.

With that, the Astros headwinds continued to increase, meaning a win to even the series with Arizona on Saturday would be a much-needed pick-me-up. Here's how they did:

Final Score: Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2.

Record: 26-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-2, 2.84 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luke Weaver (1-8, 6.51 ERA).

D-backs score two on Javier who is pulled early

Kole Calhoun, who drove in four runs, including a home run in Friday's game, would start the scoring on Saturday with a solo home run off of Cristian Javier in the top of the second, giving Arizona an early 1-0 lead. Javier allowed another run in the top of the third, giving up a leadoff single that would move to third on a groundout then score on a sac fly, doubling the lead to 2-0.

Javier finished the third and tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, but whether it be due to a pre-determined pitch count or other situation, he would not go any further, ending his night there on just 77 pitches. His final line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 77 P.

Astros grab a lead in the sixth

The Astros were able to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, getting a leadoff single by Josh Reddick, who would move to third after a walk and fielder's choice before scoring on an RBI-groundout by Jose Altuve, making it 2-1. Enoli Paredes was first out of Houston's bullpen, taking over for Javier in the top of the fifth and retiring six straight batters for two perfect frames.

Houston would get to Luke Weaver in the bottom of the sixth, getting a leadoff single by George Springer, who would score from first on an RBI-double by Altuve to tie the game. Altuve would come around as the go-ahead run later in the inning on an RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, knocking Weaver out of the game as the Astros took their first lead of the game, 3-2.

Houston evens the series and moves back up to .500

Josh James was the next reliever for Houston in the top of the seventh, and despite getting into a jam by issuing a one-out walk and hitting the next batter, he was able to get out of it. It was thanks to a great play by Michael Brantley, who started a double play by catching a lineout and throwing a runner out at second to end the inning.

Brooks Raley had the eighth and erased a one-out walk by retiring the next two batters to maintain the one-run lead. After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, the Astros turned to closer Ryan Pressly to get another save and finish the one-run game. Pressly would do so, as Houston would move back up to .500 and even the series 1-1 heading into the rubber game on Sunday.

Up Next: The finale of this series between Houston and Arizona, and Houston's last regular-season home game of 2020, will get underway at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 8.53) ERA will be on the mound for the D-backs, while Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.70 ERA) will start for the Astros.

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