As they do everyone year, the MLS Players Union has released the salaries for their players for the 2011 season. I have pulled out the FC Dallas salaries from there data.
These players all count against the salary cap, but as I mention every year, these are NOT the salary cap numbers. As a prime example of this I mention Fabian Castillo and his $42,000 salary.
Castillo, as we know, is a designat Player this year and this year only because of the transfer fee MLS/FCD paid for him. Transfer fees are included in the salary cap number. So Castillo’s Salary cap number is the DP number of $335,000 and not the $42,000 he gets paid.
The two numbers listed for each player are his base salary and the guaranteed compensation he will get with bonuses.
These 10 players do not count against the salary cap.
Some thoughts and observations…
Castillo could be a developmental player based on his salary if not for the DP transfer status.
Kevin Hartman got a nice raise this year as last year he was on $75 K - $80 K. He’s more where he should be this season.
Underpaid based on PT/value? Marvin Chavez and George John. Maybe Andrew Jacobson at this rate.
Overpaid? Milton Rodriguez and Ricardo Villar. One might be tempted to add the GA players, but they are paid on a league standard.
Ricardo Villar makes the same base as Dax McCarty, which is surprising given salary as one of the reasons FCD let McCarty go… although I believe McCarty’s deal escalates the next few seasons.
I like seeing Leyva and Luna with the potential to make big jump with bonuses.