October 4, 2012
By Charles Cuttone
HE'S NO. 1
Henry leads all MLS players in salaries
Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry is the highest paid player in Major League Soccer, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union.
Henry's base salary is $5 million, while his guaranteed compensation is $5.6 million. Red Bulls defender-midfielder Rafa Marquez has the second highest salary in the league at $4.6 million.
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, who had been the highest paid player in the league, is third, with a base salary of $3 million and a total guaranteed compensation of just four cents under $4 million.
New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill will earn $3,499,999.92 in base salary, with a total guaranteed compensation of $ 3,624,999.92.
The Galaxy has two other millionaires in Robbie Keane (base: $2,917,241.00 guaranteed: $3,417,242.75) and Landon Donovan ($2,400,000).
Cellar dwelling Toronto FC also boasted a pair of million dollar earners in midfielder Torsten Frings (base: $2,000,000.00, guaranteed:: $ 2,413,666.67) and forward Danny Koevermans (base: $1,150,000.00, guaranteed $1,563,323.33).
Canada's two other teams, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecpas, each have a million dollar player. Montreal has forward Marco De Vaio (base: $1,000,008.00 guaranteed: $ 1,937,508.00) and Vancouver has forward Kenny Miller (base: $1,221,816.00 guaranteed: $1,239,316.00).
The other million dollar earners are FC Dallas midfielder Julian de Guzman (base: $1,863,996.00, guaranteed: $1,910,746.00) and Portland forward Kris Boyd (base: $1,250,000.00, guaranteed $1,515,000.00).
Perhaps the biggest bargain in the league is current Golden Boot leader and MVP candidate San Jose's Chris Wondolowski at $300,000.
By comparison, the average salary in the National Basketball Association last year was $5.15 million, in Major League Baseball it is $3.3 million, in the National Football League it is $1.9 million and the National Hockey League, which recently locked out its players and on Thursday cancelled pat of its regular season, the average last year was $2.4 million.