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MLS Player Salaries: Sounders Added Players, Trimmed Payroll

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Lamar Neagle continues to be one of the best bargains in all of MLS, as he's making below the league minimum.  (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
Lamar Neagle continues to be one of the best bargains in all of MLS, as he's making below the league minimum. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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As they usually do twice a year, the MLS Players Union released salary data. As you'll see, there were a few surprises when it came to the Seattle Sounders.

Most notably, you'll notice that they managed to add two players -- Sammy Ochoa and Amadou Sanyang -- while also trimming their payroll. According to these numbers, they actually cut their guaranteed compensation by more than $65,000.

Most of that money was saved through Pat Noonan ($48,000), Nate Jaqua (almost $71,000) and O'Brian White ($47,500). Noonan's saving was not a huge surprise, as it was well known that he had re-signed at a discount. Jaqua's signing was a bit more of a surprise, as he had previously signed a new contract last year. It's hard to know what, exactly, this means, but it could very well mean that he was given an extension as players rarely just give back money they are owed. In White's case, this almost certainly had something to do with his giving back some kind of bonus that would have been achieved through playing time.

There were also a few players that were apparently given raises during the season. The most interesting of those is Servando Carrasco, who was apparently bumped up to a minimum salary player from one making an "apprentice" wage. Hard to argue with that since he is clearly playing far more significant minutes than the team probably thought he would be when he signed.

The only other player to receive a raise was Fredy Montero, who is getting $20,000 more in guaranteed compensation than he was getting at the start of the year. My best guess is that it probably has something to do with a performance bonus.

After the jump, we've attached a table of the current salaries, as well as the reported salaries as of May.

Last name First name Pos. Base salary Guaranteed comp. Base salary 5/11 Guar. comp. 5/11 Save base Save guar comp
Alonso Osvaldo M $140000 $140000 140000 140000 $0 $0
Boss Terry GK $42000 $44500 42000 44500 $0 $0
Carrasco Servando M $42000 $42000 32604 32604 -$9396 -$9396
Estrada David F $32604 $32604 32604 32604 $0 $0
Evans Brad F $121000 $134750 126500 140250 $5500 $5500
Fernandez Alvaro M $300000 $366666.67 300000 366666.67 $0 $0
Ford Joshua GK $32604 $32604 32604 32604 $0 $0
Friberg Erik M $110000 $110000 110000 110000 $0 $0
Fucito Michael MF $42000 $42000 42000 42000 $0 $0
Gonzalez Leonardo D $110000 $110000 110000 110000 $0 $0
Graham Taylor D $60638 $60638 60638 60638 $0 $0
Hurtado Jhon Kennedy D $135000 $136000 135000 136000 $0 $0
Ianni Patrick D $85050 $85050 85050 85050 $0 $0
Jaqua Nate F $140004 $140004 200000 211000 $59996 $70996
Keller Kasey GK $250000 $250000 250000 250000 $0 $0
Levesque Roger F $44000 $44000 44000 44000 $0 $0
Montano Miguel F $32604 $32604 32604 32604 $0 $0
Montero Fredy F $500000 $656000 500000 636000 $0 -$20000
Neagle Lamar M $32604 $32604 32604 32604 $0 $0
Noonan Pat F $48000 $48000 96000 96000 $48000 $48000
Ochoa Sammy F $42000 $44500     -$42000 -$44500
Parke Jeff D $136500 $136500 136500 136500 $0 $0
Riley James D $92000 $97962.5 92000 97962.5 $0 $0
Rosales Mauro M $42000 $42000 42000 42000 $0 $0
Sanyang Amadou M $32604 $32604     -$32604 -$32604
Scott Zach D $44109 $44109 44109 44109 $0 $0
Seamon Michael M $42000 $42000 42000 42000 $0 $0
Tetteh Michael M $60000 $77663.06 60000 77663.06 $0 $0
Wahl Tyson D $51870 $54770 51870 54770 $0 $0
White O'Brian F $100000 $100000 100000 147500 $0 $47500
Zakuani Steve F $90000 $188000 90000 188000 $0 $0
    Total: $3033191 $3400133.23 3062687 3465629.23 $29496 $65496
    Average 97844.87 109681.72 105609.90 119504.46    
    Median 60000 60638 85050 85050