Its that time of year again: salary release time! I've posted the full list of what all of D.C. United's players are making after the jump, but first a few quick thoughts.
We all knew that Dwayne De Rosario was going to be the highest paid player on the team, but I am a bit surprised about how much more he is making than Branko Boskovic and Hamdi Salihi (whose base salary doesn't crack the designated player bar). DeRo is the 10th highest paid player, Boskovic is 16th, and Salihi is 24th. For comparison's sake, Julian de Guzman makes $1.9 million, Torsten Frings makes $2 million, and Danny Koevermans makes $1.1 million.
Daniel Woolard may be one of the biggest bargains in MLS: $56,250 for a good starting left back is a steal. That combined with the fact that he is a robot who never gets injured and that he can play emergency center back, that money is more than worth it.
One the other hand, we have three center backs who make over $200k: Dejan Jakovic, Emiliano Dudar, and Brandon McDonald. McDonald required a pay raise to keep him in MLS, but I don't know if having three center backs at that price is sustainable. I've heard rumors of rumors of teams being interested in acquiring him, and I have never heard anything about a contract extension for him, so it may be up soon. Defensive depth has been of massive importance for United this season, but might we see United to get something for him now, especially if the Ryan Nelsen rumors turn out to be true?
For more salaries, and an attempted explanation of the difference between base pay and guaranteed compensation, follow me below.
Here is the difference between the two numbers, from the MLS Players Union itself:
"In the survey, all player salaries are broken down into two numbers. The first is the player's current base salary. The second is characterized as annual average guaranteed compensation. The annual average guaranteed compensation number includes a player's base salary and all signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player's contract, including option years. For example, if a player has a base salary of $50,000, has a two-year contract with two one-year options and received a $10,000 bonus when he signed, his average annual guaranteed compensation would be $52,500 (base salary plus signing bonus ($10,000), with the signing bonus divided by the number of years covered by the contract (4)). The average annual guaranteed compensation number also includes any annual marketing bonus to be received in the current year and any agent's fees annualized over the term of the contract. The average annual guaranteed compensation figure does not include performance bonuses because there is no guarantee that the player will hit those bonuses."
Club Last Name First Name Pos Base Salary Guaranteed Compensation
DC Boskovic Branko M $ 409,167.00 $ 545,367.00
DC Cruz Danny M $ 100,000.00 $ 106,500.00
DC DeLeon Nick M $ 44,000.00 $ 79,000.00
DC DeRosario Dwayne M $ 617,857.20 $ 663,190.53
DC Dudar Emiliano D $ 225,000.00 $ 238,333.33
DC Dykstra Andrew GK $ 44,004.00 $ 44,004.00
DC Hamid Bill GK $ 70,000.00 $ 84,750.00
DC Jakovic Dejan D $ 208,000.00 $ 228,043.00
DC King Stephen M $ 65,000.00 $ 67,500.00
DC Kitchen Perry D $ 85,500.00 $ 170,950.00
DC Korb Chris D $ 44,100.00 $ 44,100.00
DC McDonald Brandon M $ 220,000.00 $ 258,250.00
DC Morsink Kurt M $ 44,000.00 $ 44,666.67
DC Najar Andy M-F $ 150,000.00 $ 180,800.00
DC Neal Lewis M $ 44,004.00 $ 47,004.00
DC Pontius Chris M-F $ 155,000.00 $ 166,250.00
DC Rozeboom Lance M $ 33,756.00 $ 33,756.00
DC Russell Robbie D-M $ 107,000.00 $ 109,919.31
DC Salihi Hamdi F $ 305,460.00 $ 487,460.00
DC Santos Maicon F $ 106,400.00 $ 113,833.33
DC Saragosa Marcelo M $ 70,000.00 $ 74,333.33
DC Shanosky Conor D $ 70,000.00 $ 84,218.83
DC White Ethan D $ 70,000.00 $ 86,000.00
DC Willis Joe GK $ 44,100.00 $ 44,100.00
DC Wolff Josh F $ 130,000.00 $ 130,000.00
DC Woolard Daniel D $ 56,250.00 $ 56,250.00