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D.C. United 2018 salary list includes some big, pre-Wayne Rooney numbers

TAM signings and the like roll through United’s list

On Thursday the MLS Players Union released the updated salary figures of 2018 (which can be viewed here), which includes the year-long salaries from D.C. United’s six summer 2017 signings and the new ones from the offseason. The big surprise is that Zoltan Stieber comes in as the highest on the list at a shade under $1 million ($999,999.96), but as we know Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) was used to pay down his salary, along with those of Luciano Acosta and Steven Birnbaum. Full season charges for Steve Clark, Russell Canouse, Bruno Miranda and Paul Arriola are included, though what is listed for Arriola is, like other DPs, the Designated Player cap hit rather than his full salary.

New players to this year’s list were signed to generally modest numbers, specifically Joseph Mora and Ulises Segura. In league acquisitions Yamil Asad and Darren Mattocks are at or above numbers of $400,000 in base salary, while Frederic Brillant and David Ousted are at high but reduced numbers compared to 2017. Of course all of these numbers are moot when Wayne Rooney and a presumed high-seven-figure salary are released by the Players’ Association later this year.

The list is below, with last year’s midseason signings in italics and winter signings in bold. Thoughts on bargains or extravagances?

2019 D.C. United salaries

Last Name First Name Base Guaranteed
Last Name First Name Base Guaranteed
Acosta Luciano $600,000 $702,000
Amarikwa Quincy $70,250.04 $70,250.04
Arriola Paul $675,000 $707,000
Birnbaum Steve $525,000 $550,000
Boateng Emmanuel $185.000.04 $185.000.04
Brillant Frederic $264,999.96 $299.999.96
Bustamante Antonio $70,250.04 $74,484.83
Canouse Russell $247,500 $247,500
Durkin Chris $95,000.04 $104,375.04
Edwards Earl $70,250.04 $73,583.37
Fisher Oniel $70,250.04 $74,916.71
Hamid Bill $461,820 $487,495
Jara Leonardo $500,000.04 $560,000.04
Kamara Ola $240,000 $260,000
Martins Felipe $500,000.04 $560,000.04
Mora Joseph $150,000 $164,250
Moreno Junior $140,000.04 $159,500.04
Odoi-Atsem Chris $56,250 $56,250
Pedroso Marquinhos $375,000 $375,000
Pines Donovan $90,000 $102,000
Robinson Jalen $80,004 $80,004
Rodriguez Lucas $261,999.96 $298,549.86
Rooney Wayne $3,500,000.04 $3,507,500.04
Segura Ulises $169,999.92 $184,249.92
Seitz Chris $165,000 $165,000
Wild Gordon $99,999.96 $129,999.96
Yow Griffin $70,250.04 $76,368.37