The MLS players union has released the compensation players are getting for the 2014 season, and there's definitely a few eyebrow raisers on the Vancouver Whitecaps. Kenny Miller is no longer the highest paid Whitecap, Carlyle Mitchell is making the same amount as a few rookies, and Omar Salgado is bringing in six figures despite spending more time injured than he has on the pitch.
You can see the full report here, but for those that like to skim, here are some of the more interesting Whitecap salaries for the 2014 season.
- The Whitecaps main man in net, David Ousted, is making $266,156.25 this season. That's about on par with other starters in the league (Nick Rimando is making $235,833.33 this year, Dan Kennedy is making $213,416.67), so, either Ousted is making fair compensation for an MLS starting keeper, or he isn't playing well enough to earn 'elite' dollars at the position.
- In backup duty this season, Paolo Tornaghi will earn $72,000.
- Marco Carducci is the lowest paid Whitecap (tied with Ethen Sampson); The young Canadian is earning $36,504 this year.
- The highest paid member of the backline? Well, that would be Andy O'Brien, who's bringing home a base salary of $250,000, however is guaranteed $280,000 in compensation this year.
- Captain Jay Demerit clocks in with a base salary of $184,000, yet is guaranteed $247,500.
- Steve Bietashour is guraranteed to make $177,166.67 for the 2014 season.
- That means of the four regular starters, Jordan Harvey is bringing home the least, with $123,750 this season. Still, I don't think anyone is crying for him.
- Johnny Leveron is making $91,187.50 for his services this year.
- Despite playing a ton of matches last year, and earning a spot on the Whitecaps for this campaign, Carlyle Mitchell is making just $48,825, which is a little unbelievable for a professional athlete.
- The Whitecaps broke the bank to bring over Pedro Morales, as he's making $1,410,900 this year. That actually makes him the highest paid Whitecap ever, so I guess we know where that Camilo money was spent. (Not that I'm complaining)
- Nigel Reo-Coker is making $446,500 this season. (Insert bike rack joke here)
- Matias Laba is making $300,000 in his first year as a Whitecap, last game notwithstanding, I'd say that's money well spent.
- Gershon Koffie's $200,000 is a little tough to swallow given how crowded that Whitecaps midfield is, but if he's given some regular playing time, he should be able to show he's worth it.
- Newcomer Sebastian Fernandez has just the one wonder goal to his name in a 'Caps kit, but he's banking $143,000 this season. You'd like to see more from Fernandez at that price, especially because of the hype that followed him after the 'Caps opening match.
- Russell Teibert is earning $75,600, which I think is right in the wheelhouse for him at this point.
- Erik Hurtado is earning more than Teibert at $86,150, which is more than surprising considering Teibert is a regular player, while Hurtado is fighting for time on the pitch.
- Kenny Miller's paycheque has been pretty well known since he's arrived in MLS. Well, he's no longer the highest paid Whitecap, but clocks in second with $940,000.
- Darren Mattocks is making $232,000 in just his third season with the Whitecaps. Mattocks has looked good all season long and is working his butt off, but he needs to start upping his production to justify the money.
- Here's a weird one; He's been injured more than he's been healthy for the Whitecaps, but Omar Salgado is making $141,868.67 this season.
- In his sophomore season, Kekuta Manneh checks in at $99,500. I doubt he'll be that inexpensive for much longer in his career.