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D.C. United's average salary is 12th highest in Major League Soccer

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This week, ESPN released the results of a survey of the salaries that teams in all of the major professional sports in the United States and Canada, as well as select major leagues from across the world, pay their players. The article itself did not say what particular data was used for MLS teams; I would assume that it was the 2011 salary list, but the Montreal Impact are on the list, so perhaps they got that data early from MLS. The comparisons to other sports leagues around the world do not really interest me, but the fact that D.C. United is 12th out of 19 does. The average salary for a D.C. United player is $141,307 and the team's total payroll is $3,673,994. To be honest, that is a little higher that where I thought it would be, given the tendency for some fans to complain about the lack of money that the team spends, but when I think about it, it looks just about right. The most shocking thing to me is the gap between the second lowest average salary, Sporting Kansas City at $116,786, and the team with the lowest average salary, the Columbus Crew at $89,369.

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