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Sounders 2016 salaries: Nine get significant raises, two take cuts

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Sounders returning player salaries increase by 17% over 2015.

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The latest MLS player salary information shows that the Seattle Sounders increased both base and guaranteed salaries for almost all returning players. Most new additions were on the low end of the salary range, except for Herculez Gomez who is being paid by both Toronto FC and the Sounders.

Clint Dempsey remains the highest paid player on the team, but has no change in salary.

The most dramatic increases were for several of last seasons Summer acquisitions. Andreas Ivanschitz is making almost 35% more than in 2015 (not prorated). Erik Friberg is making almost 30% more. Nelson Haedo Valdez sees an increase of 19%.

One of only two returning players to take a cut is Roman Torres. The injured defender about a 4% cut and is nearly at the max salary. He is currently a TAM player, but is barely making more than the MLS max salary cap hit of $457,500. Eternal Sounder Zach Scott took a $3,000 drop in salary, falling to the veteran minimum.

Jordan Morris makes the most of the Homegrown Players at $190,000, about eight thousand less than the other three HGPs on the team - Aaron Kovar, Darwin Jones and Victor Mansaray - combined.

Fringe off-season signings Farfan and Sturgis both make under 100k, so their cap impact is minimal.