2013 MLS Player Salaries Released: Sounders raise budget considerably

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Patrick Ianni, Mario Martinez and Eddie Johnson all get raises of about 50 percent, but Obafemi Martins is the main reason for the total expenditures.

As they do a few times a year, the MLS Players Union released their salary data on Monday. The overall picture is generally pretty good, as the median salary went up from about $84,000 to roughly $89,000, despite the total salary expenditures going down from about $99 million to $89 million.

Closer to home, the Seattle Sounders are currently playing with the most expensive team in their history. At $1.725 million, Obafemi Martins is the highest paid Sounders player in history. Add in the fact that Fredy Montero and his $856,000 total compensation package are still officially on the books and it's not hard to see how the Sounders are at about $6 million in total salary which is about 41 percent more than last year.

There were some nice raises passed around, as well. Patrick Ianni saw the biggest raise (by percentage) as he is making about 68 percent more this year than he was a year ago. Mario Martinez (52 percent) and Eddie Johnson (47 percent) also got significant bumps.

A few notes: This is obviously less than scientific. While these are the numbers given to us by the players union, there are bound to be discrepancies. Transfer and loan fees are not included, for instance. We also know that Montero's salary is being paid by Millonarios and that Chivas USA is absorbing some of Shalrie Joseph's cap hit (although it's unclear if they are paying anything out of pocket).

Full breakdown:

2012 base 2012 total 2013 base 2013 total total change
SEA Ianni Patrick D $89,303.00 $89,303.00 $150,000.00 $150,000.00 67.97%
SEA Martinez Mario M $48,000.00 $48,000.00 $73,200.00 $73,200.00 52.50%
SEA Johnson Eddie F $100,000.00 $106,333.33 $150,000.00 $156,333.33 47.02%
SEA Estrada David F $33,756.00 $33,756.00 $48,400.00 $48,400.00 43.38%
SEA Rose Andy M $33,756.00 $33,756.00 $46,500.00 $46,500.00 37.75%
SEA Hurtado Jhon Kennedy D $160,000.00 $161,000.00 $190,000.00 $190,000.00 18.01%
SEA Burch Marc D $65,000.00 $65,000.00 $75,000.00 $75,000.00 15.38%
SEA Evans Brad F $145,475.00 $159,225.00 $167,296.00 $181,046.00 13.70%
SEA Alonso Osvaldo M $185,000.00 $185,000.00 $210,000.00 $210,000.00 13.51%
SEA Montero Fredy F $600,000.00 $756,000.00 $700,000.00 $856,000.00 13.23%
SEA Zakuani Steve F $110,000.00 $208,000.00 $135,000.00 $233,000.00 12.02%
SEA Ochoa Sammy F $55,000.00 $57,500.00 $60,000.00 $62,500.00 8.70%
SEA Gonzalez Leonardo D $125,000.00 $125,000.00 $135,000.00 $135,000.00 8.00%
SEA Scott Zach D $46,314.00 $46,314.00 $50,000.00 $50,000.00 7.96%
SEA Ford Josh GK $44,000.00 $44,000.00 $46,500.00 $46,500.00 5.68%
SEA Caskey Alex M $44,100.00 $44,100.00 $46,500.00 $46,500.00 5.44%
SEA Gspurning Michael GK $200,000.00 $275,000.00 $210,000.00 $285,000.00 3.64%
SEA Hahnemann Marcus GK $60,000.00 $60,000.00 $60,000.00 $60,000.00 0.00%
SEA Rosales Mauro M $200,000.00 $225,000.00 $200,000.00 $225,000.00 0.00%
SEA Bates Will F $35,125.00 $35,125.00 0.00%
SEA Carrasco Servando M $46,500.00 $46,500.00 0.00%
SEA Fairclough Ashani D $35,125.00 $35,125.00 0.00%
SEA Joseph Shalrie M $540,000.00 $599,333.33 0.00%
SEA Lund Philip M $35,125.00 $35,125.00 0.00%
SEA Martins Obafemi F $1,600,000.00 $1,725,000.00 0.00%
SEA Neagle Lamar M $48,400.00 $48,400.00 0.00%
SEA Remick Dylan D $35,125.00 $35,125.00 0.00%
SEA Traore Djimi D $120,000.00 $120,000.00 0.00%
SEA Yedlin DeAndre D $50,000.00 $53,500.00 0.00%
SEA Zavaleta Eriq F $65,000.00 $95,600.00 0.00%
$4,224,310.00 $5,363,796.00 $5,958,812.66 41.06%
$132,009.00 $178,793.20 $198,627.09 50.46%
$62,500.00 $69,100.00 $74,100.00 18.56%
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