For those so inclined, MLSPU salary information can be found on the players union website. Naturally, my interest centered squarely on the Vancouver Whitecaps. First, some revealing franchise-level data (all figures are for base salary only, and not guaranteed compensation - which includes annualized signing and performance bonuses):
- The Whitecaps' average (mean) salary is $143,604, just slightly higher than the league-wide average of $141,903.
- With a total base salary expenditure of $4,308,121, the Caps are fourth-highest in the MLS, behind only New York ($10,008,068), Los Angeles ($9,026,930), and Cascadian rival Seattle ($5,363,796). However, Vancouver sits 14th in the MLS with 9 points.
- Vancouver's Kenny Miller ($1,114,992) earns the seventh-highest salary in MLS. A total of eight MLS players to draw over a million dollars per season, led by LA's Robbie Keane at 4 million per season.
Here's a breakdown of the Vancouver Whitecaps base salary situation - the tree diagram, in particular is quite striking:
Overall, it doesn't look like the Whitecaps ownership group has been getting value for money so far this season. Looking specifically at the roster, here's my personal list of tops and flops:
Value for money: Leveron, Hertzog, Heinemann, Teibert, and Reo-Coker
Not yet earning their keep: Kobayashi