2016 Sporting KC Salaries Released

The MLS Players Union have released the salaries of the entire league, including Sporting Kansas City.

Major League Soccer isn’t known for their transparency. That’s why when players are signed, the terms of the deal are never disclosed. That lack of transparency slides back a couple times of per year, most notably when the annual salary release comes out.

Today was that day as the MLS Players Union released all the numbers. A few things jump off the page for me (the full table is below). First, Dom Dwyer got a nice little bump in pay jumping up from $400,000 to $500,000. He has the most significant jump of any member of Sporting KC.

Benny Feilhaber also got a $50,000 bump, but he is still likely considered underpaid and he is in the final year of his current deal. A deal which he currently isn’t focused on renegotiating.

Another number that jumped out at me was Soni Mustivar taking a pay cut. His pay fell by $50,000 which is pretty surprising since the argument could be made that he is the most valuable player on the pitch for Sporting KC.

We also got the first glimpse at the salaries of some new players. First, Diego Rubio will be making $300,000, which is quite a lot considering how little time he has gotten on the pitch. That said, we know that would be the case when he was announced as a young Designated Player which carries with it a $200,000 cap charge. An extra $100,000 is a bit surprising which means Rubio has a lot to prove before his loan expires on June 30, 2016.

A few other notable salaries are Jordi Quintilla making $100,000, which could be a steal if he turns into the player many people believe he will. Tim Melia also got a substantial bump in pay as he nearly doubled his pay up to $150,000.

There were some surprises in the other direction as well outside of the Mustivar pay cut. Seth Sinovic and Paulo Nagamura took small pay cuts. That said I think Nagamura still may be making too much money for his level of contribution (though he has been injured).

May 7, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza (27) in action during a game against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Pretty much everyone else on the roster got an increase in pay, though some were smaller than others. Roger Espinoza remains the highest paid player on the team at $800,000, and that seems justified as he really works for his money. The full table of salaries are below (and as always under the Sporting KC News heading at the top of the site.

NamePosition2016 Base Salary2016 Guaranteed Compensation
Saad Abdul-SalaamD$63,000.00$76,750.00
Bernardo AnorM$132,624.00$132,624.00
Matt BeslerD$700,000.00$733,250.00
Nuno CoelhoD$275,000.00$375,000.00
Brad DavisM$355,000.00$355,000.00
Amadou DiaD$51,500.00$51,500.00
Dom DwyerF$500,000.00$618,750.00
Kevin EllisD$72,000.00$75,150.00
Roger EspinozaM$800,000.00$800,000.00
Benny FeilhaberM$400,000.00$412,187.50
Conner HalliseyF$63,000.00$76,750.00
Alex KannGK$63,000.00$63,000.00
Jonathan KempinGK$82,750.00$82,750.00
Justin MappF$224,070.00$239,070.00
Jimmy MedrandaM-F$63,000.00$63,000.00
Tim MeliaGK$150,000.00$150,000.00
Soni MustivarM$200,000.00$200,000.00
Chance MyersD$200,000.00$200,000.00
Paulo NagamuraM$225,000.00$225,000.00
Lawrence OlumM$105,000.00$115,000.00
Ike OparaD$125,000.00$131,250.00
Erik Palmer-BrownD$65,000.00$65,500.00
Jacob PetersonF$137,750.00$144,625.00
Jordi QuintillaM$100,000.00$109,525.00
Diego RubioF$300,000.00$333,000.00
Daniel SalloiF$51,500.00$51,500.00
Seth SinovicD$105,000.00$112,666.67
Graham ZusiM-F$700,000.00$732,102.27

For good measure, I’ve added the salaries below for 2015 so you can compare. See what jumps out at you.

NamePosition2015 Base Salary2015 Guaranteed Compensation
Saad Abdul-SalaamD$60,000.00$73,500.00
Jalil AnibabaD$120,000.00$150,000.00
Bernardo AnorM$135,000.00$135,000.00
Matt BeslerD$650,000.00$683,250.00
Marcel de JongD$180,000.00$191,000.00
Amadou DiaD$50,000.00$50,000.00
Dom DwyerF$400,000.00$518,750.00
Kevin EllisD$60,000.00$63,150.00
Roger EspinozaM$750,000.00$750,000.00
Benny FeilhaberM$350,000.00$362,187.50
Conner HalliseyM-F$60,000.00$73,750.00
Jonathan KempinGK$85,000.00$92,083.33
Mikey LopezM$100,000.00$172,000.00
Jimmy MedrandaM-F$60,000.00$60,000.00
Tim MeliaGK$80,000.00$84,203.33
Soni MustivarM$250,000.00$250,000.00
Chance MyersD$170,000.00$195,000.00
Paulo NagamuraM$230,000.00$230,000.00
Krisztián NémethF$250,000.00$250,000.00
Amobi OkugoD-M$275,000.00$300,000.00
Ike OparaD$115,000.00$121,250.00
Erik Palmer-BrownD$60,000.00$60,500.00
Jacob PetersonF$123,500.00$130,375.00
Seth SinovicD$140,000.00$146,750.00
Graham ZusiF$650,000.00$682,102.27