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Vancouver Whitecaps 2017 Salary Cap Situation (3/1/2017)

A few people have tried to figure out the Vancouver Whitecaps (and other teams) salary cap situation. In the past this was an almost impossible endeavour as so little was released about salaries and MLS funny money! However, there have been attempts to make finances more transparent. In fact, this season they even identified how much General Allocation Money teams get for missing the playoffs and making CONCACAF (in the past it was a mystery number).

Major League Soccer teams are required to be 'roster compliant' by March 1st, which means that the team needs to fit their total salary under the cap. With that in mind, here is a recent breakdown of the Vancouver Whitecaps. If you notice an error, please point it out and I can edit the chart. I have also included a little bit of information at the bottom on the money transactions and a few 'decisions' that I made on roster construction.

A few reminders of roster requirements.

  • 20 Senior roster positions that are included in salary cap calculation.
  • 4 Supplemental roster positions that are excluded in salary cap calculation. Player can be Homegrown (HG), Generation Adidas (GA), or Senior player (make minimum $65,000 salary).
  • 4 Reserve roster positions that are excluded in salary cap calculation. Player cannot be GA or Senior player (minimum $53,000 salary). Must be 24 years or younger.
  • 2 Homegrown roster positions that are excluded in salary cap calculation.
UPDATED ROSTER FILE (MARCH 9TH, 2017)

Whitecaps_Roster_2017.0.xls

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 2017 MLS ROSTER

as of 2.28.17

Last Name First Name Roster Position 2016 Salary (as of 09/15/16) 2017 Estimated Salary 2017 Cap Hit NOTE
Senior Roster (DP/INT)
Laba Matias Senior Roster (DP/INT) $560,000 $720,500 $480,625
Montero Fredy Senior Roster (DP) --- --- $480,625
Ousted David Senior Roster (INT) $360,000 $381,600 $381,600
Techera Cristian Senior Roster (INT) $320,000 $339,200 $339,200
Reyna Yordy Senior Roster (INT) --- $250,000 $150,000 TAM buy-down to $150,000 Minimum
Waston Kendall Senior Roster (INT) $300,000 $318,000 $318,125
Bolanos Christian Senior Roster (INT) $250,000 $265,000 $265,000
Mezquida Nicolas Senior Roster (INT) $88,000 $93,280 $93,280
Shea Brek Senior Roster (DOM) $550,000 $583,000 $150,000 TAM buy-down to $150,000 for New DP Signing
Williams Sheanon Senior Roster (DOM) $162,500 $172,250 $172,250
Harvey Jordan Senior Roster (DOM) $165,000 $174,900 $174,900
Manneh Kekuta Senior Roster (DOM) $127,500 $135,150 $135,150
Edgar David Senior Roster (DOM) $105,000 $111,300 $111,300
Hurtado Erik Senior Roster (DOM) $86,091 $91,256 $91,256
Parker Tim Senior Roster (DOM) $66,000 $69,960 $69,960
Rosales Mauro Senior Roster (DOM) $62,500 $65,000 $65,000
Jacobson Andrew Senior Roster (DOM) $62,500 $65,000 $65,000
Tornaghi Paolo Senior Roster (DOM) $62,500 $65,000 $65,000
de Jong Marcel Senior Roster (DOM) $62,500 $65,000 $65,000
Dean Christian Supplemental (GA) $110,000 $116,600 $0
Teibert Russell Supplemental (HG) $115,000 $121,900 $0
Greig Kyle Supplemental (Senior) --- $65,000 $0
Flores Deybi Supplemental (Senior/INT) $62,500 $65,000 $0
Seiler Cole Reserve (DRAFT) $51,500 $53,000 $0
Newinski Jacob Reserve (DRAFT) --- $53,000 $0
Richey Spencer Reserve (DRAFT) --- $53,000 $0
Davies Alphonso Reserve (HG) $62,500 $66,250 $0
Bustos Marco Homegrown $62,500 $66,250 $0
McKendry Ben Homegrown $52,500 $55,650 $0
Levis Brett Off-Cap (INJ) $62,500 $65,000 $0
Adekugbe Sam Off-Cap (LOAN/HG) $70,000 $74,200 $0
2016 Salary Cap: $3,660,000 2017 Salary Cap: $3,845,000 $446,729 Includes Remaining GAM (but not TAM)

  • As we do not know 2017 salaries yet, the 2017 estimates are based on a 6% raise (as that was the average in previous years). Players on Senior minimum contracts did not receive raise.
  • Used TAM to buy-down Shea. This only happens IF the Whitecaps sign another DP. Based on remaining salary cap, this can only happen in the summer.
  • According to Vancouver Whitecaps website, Christian Dean is still listed as a Generation Adidas player. Thus, he is on the Supplemental roster.
  • Brett Levis is listed on long-term injury and Sam Adekugbe is on-loan and thus not included on the main roster.
  • Remaining salary cap space includes $275,000 in General Allocation Money (see below) but not remaining Targeted Allocation Money.
2017 General Allocation Money
Acquisition of GAM
Base Amount $ 200,000
Missing Playoffs $ 200,000
Champions League (QF) $ 66,666
Trade with Montreal $ 75,000 March 1st, 2017
Total Available $ 541,666
Use of GAM
Williams Sheanon Trade with Houston $ 200,000 December 13th, 2016
Total Used $ 200,000

  • Amount of GAM and TAM available and that used is an estimate as prior to this year we do not know how much was traded.
  • Williams trade came prior to the new MLS policy to disclose GAM and TAM in trades. It has been estimated in multiple locations to be around $200,000. That leaves around $275,000 remaining.
Salaries Info: https://www.mlsplayers.org/salary_info.html
Roster 'Positions' http://www.mlssoccer.com/rosters/2017/vancouver-whitecaps
Roster Rules http://www.mlssoccer.com/league/official-rules/mls-roster-rules-and-regulations
List of TAM Players https://www.mlssoccer.com/media-resources/2017-targeted-allocation-money-players
TAM Rules http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/12/09/mls-announces-increase-targeted-allocation-money-2017
GAM Rules http://www.mlssoccer.com/glossary/general-allocation-money?amp

Of course, this entire thing is an estimate. There are plenty of unknowns, but they at least give us a starting point for understanding the current roster. Thoughts?

For those wanting to play around with the chart, I have included it here. It also has some roster depth charts and transactions made. Feel free to modify some of the numbers if you feel they should be changed (less conservative or players in different roster positions).

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 2017 MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROSTER (UPDATED MARCH 9TH, 2017
Last Name First Name Roster Position 2016 Salary (as of 09/15/16) 2016 Guaranteed 2017 Estimated Guaranteed 2017 Cap Hit 2017 with No Salary Changes NOTE
Laba Matias Senior Roster (DP/INT) $560,000 $720,500 $763,730 $480,625 $480,625
Shea Brek Senior Roster (DP) $550,000 $595,000 $630,700 $480,625 $480,625
Montero Fredy Senior Roster (DP) --- --- --- $480,625 $480,625
Techera Cristian Senior Roster (INT) $320,000 $345,000 $365,700 $150,000 $150,000 TAM buy-down to $150,000 Minimum
Reyna Yordy Senior Roster (INT) --- --- --- $150,000 $150,000 TAM buy-down to $150,000 Minimum
Bolanos Christian Senior Roster (INT) $250,000 $253,500 $268,710 $150,000 $150,000 TAM buy-down to $150,000 Minimum
Ousted David Senior Roster (INT) $360,000 $378,933 $401,669 $401,669 $378,933
Waston Kendall Senior Roster (INT) $300,000 $318,125 $337,213 $337,213 $318,125
Mezquida Nicolas Senior Roster (INT) $88,000 $88,000 $105,000 $105,000 $105,000
Dean Christian Senior Roster (DOM) $110,000 $191,000 $202,460 $202,460 $191,000
Williams Sheanon Senior Roster (DOM) $162,500 $171,500 $181,790 $181,790 $171,500
Harvey Jordan Senior Roster (DOM) $165,000 $165,000 $174,900 $174,900 $165,000
Manneh Kekuta Senior Roster (DOM) $127,500 $157,000 $166,420 $166,420 $157,000
Hurtado Erik Senior Roster (DOM) $86,091 $121,092 $128,357 $128,357 $121,092
Parker Tim Senior Roster (DOM) $66,000 $84,750 $89,835 $89,835 $84,750
Jacobson Andrew Senior Roster (DOM) $62,500 $87,500 $92,750 $92,750 $87,500
de Jong Marcel Senior Roster (DOM) $62,500 $62,500 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000
Tornaghi Paolo Senior Roster (DOM) $62,500 $62,500 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000
Flores Deybi Senior Roster (INT) on loan $62,500 $68,385 $72,488 $0 $0
Edgar David Senior Roster (DOM) injury $105,000 $113,417 $120,222 $0 $0
Rosales Mauro Supplemental (DOM) $62,500 $62,500 $65,000 $0 $0
Greig Kyle Supplemental (Senior) --- --- $65,000 $0 $0
Levis Brett Supplemental (Senior) $62,500 $65,000 $68,900 $0 $0
Newinski Jacob Supplemental (DRAFT) --- --- $53,000 $0 $0
Seiler Cole Reserve (DRAFT) $51,500 $51,500 $53,000 $0 $0
Adekugbe Sam Reserve (HG) on loan $70,000 $75,000 $79,500 $0 $0
Teibert Russell Reserve (HG) $115,000 $182,500 $193,450 $0 $0
Davies Alphonso Reserve (HG) $62,500 $62,500 $65,000 $0 $0
Bustos Marco Reserve (HG) $62,500 $67,350 $71,391 $0 $0
McKendry Ben Reserve (HG) $52,500 $52,500 $55,650 $0 $0
Richey Spencer Loan to USL --- --- $53,000 $0 $0
2016 Salary Cap: $3,660,000

2017 Salary Cap: $3,845,000 $284,397 $384,891 Includes Remaining GAM (but not TAM)

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