The Galaxy have the second-highest team payroll and the second-highest-paid player in MLS, according to salary figures released Tuesday by the players’ union.
The team’s wage bill of $20.53 million is about $470,000 less than Atlanta United’s total of $20.99 million. But it’s more than $200,000 greater than last season’s salary figure, which led MLS.
Individually, Galaxy captain Javier “Chicharito” Hernández will make $6 million this season, trailing only the Chicago Fire’s Xherdan Shaqiri, who will be paid a league-record $8.153 million in guaranteed compensation.
LAFC’s Carlos Vela, who was the best-paid player in MLS last season, saw his guaranteed compensation trimmed by $2.25 million to $4.05 million. That’s still seventh best in the league. LAFC’s team payroll of $14.56 million, $1.2 million less than last year, ranks 11th in the league.
The Galaxy are paying the 29 players on their roster an average of $707,863 while the 28 men on LAFC’s roster are earning an average of $520,847.
The union says the average base salary for senior roster non-designated players this season rose 10.3%, to $438,728, continuing a trend of double-digit growth over the past five seasons. Fifty players will make at least $1.5 million this season.
With the Galaxy spending big on Hernández and Brazilian Douglas Costa — whose guaranteed salary of $3 million is 16th highest in MLS — the team is spending more on forwards — $12.45 million — than any other club. But they have gotten little return from that investment with 12 goals in 11 games, the Galaxy have outscored just six of the league’s 28 teams.
Besides Hernández and Costa, the Galaxy have one other millionaire in designated player Kévin Cabral, who will make $1.65 million. Forward Preston Judd is the team’s lowest-paid player at $65,500 while midfielder Sacha Kljestan took a pay cut of more than $163,000, to $84,000.
For LAFC, the best-paid player after Vela is U.S. national team midfielder Kellyn Acosta, whose guaranteed compensation is $1.215 million. The team has two other millionaires in midfielder Ilie Sánchez ($1.15 million) and forward Brian Rodríguez ($1.45 million). The lowest-paid player is forward Cal Jennings with a salary of $84,000.
The team getting the most for its money is Real Salt Lake, which is fifth in the Western Conference standings with a payroll of $10.477 million. That breaks down to $551,466 a point. Chicago, which is last in the Eastern Conference with 10 points, is spending more than three times as much per point with a payroll topping $17.65 million.
MLS team payrolls
Atlanta, $20.999 million
Galaxy, $20.528 million
Miami, $18.882 million
New England, $18.141 million
Chicago, $17.645 million
Seattle, $16.983 million
New York City, $15.543
Toronto, $15.213 million
Dallas, $15.031 million
Columbus. $14.978 million
LAFC, $14.563 million
Cincinnati, $13.789 million
Austin, $13.754 million
Kansas City, $13.631 million
Minnesota, $ 13,240 million
Montreal, $12.920 million
DC United, $12.483 million
Vancouver, $11.946 million
Philadelphia, $11.808 million
New York Red Bulls, $11.726 million
Nashville, $11.710 million
Houston, $11.548 million
San Jose, $11.541 million
Orlando, $11.509 million
Colorado, $11.390 million
Portland, $11.311 million
Charlotte, $10.708 million
Salt Lake, $10.477 million
Highest paid players (guaranteed compensation)
Xherdan Shaqiri, Chicago, M, $8.153 million
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, F, Galaxy, $6 million
Gonzalo Higuaín, Miami, F, $ 5,793 million
Alejandro Pozuelo, Toronto, M, $4.693 million
Jozy Altidore, New England, F, $4.264 million
Josef Martinez, Atlanta, F, $4.141 million
Carlos Vela, LAFC, F, $ 4.050 million
Luis Araujo, Atlanta, F, $3.941 million
Lucas Zelarayan, Columbus, M, $3.7 million
Gil Carles, New England, M, $3.545 million
Rodolfo Pizarro, Miami, M, $3.35 million
Nicholas Lodeiro, Seattle, M, $3.256 million
Franco Jara, Dallas, F, $3.227 million
Raul Ruidíaz, Seattle, F, $3.201 million
Victor Animals, Montreal, M, $ 3.091 million
Douglas Costa, Galaxy, F/M, $3 million
Adrien Hunou, Minnesota, F, $2.687 million
Gustavo Bou, New England, M, $2.675 million
Gaston Gimenez, Chicago, M, $2.36 billion
Carlos Salcedo, Toronto, D, $2.351 million
Thiago Almada, Atlanta, M, $2,332 million
Sebastian Driussi, Austin, F, $2.317 million
Ryan Gauld, Vancouver, M, $2.265 million
Karol Swiderski, Charlotte, F, $2.258 million
Luciano Acosta, Cincinnati, M, $2.222 million
Galaxy salaries (guaranteed compensation)
Daniel Aguirre, F, $66,724 Efrain Alvarez, M, $712,167 Julián Araujo, D, $ 678,750 Jonathan Bond, G, $526,875 Kevin Cabral, F, $1.65 million Douglas Costa, M/F, $3 million Sega Coulibaly, D, $457,000 Mark Delgado, M, $726,250 Nick DePuy, D, $231,000 Cameron Dunbar, M, $136,750 Raheem Edwards, D, $307,500 Adam Saldana, M, $95,447 Marcus Ferkranus, D, $113,625 Samuel Grandsir, F/M, $988,427 Carlos Harvey, M, $84,000 Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, F, $6 million Dejan Joveljic, F, $ 612,500 Preston Judd, F, $65,500 Jonathan Klinsmann, G, $200,000 Sacha Kljestan, M, $84,000 Kelvin Leerdam, D, $335,000 Jalen Neal, D, $ 113,625 Jonathan Perez, M, $171,750 Rayan Raveloson, M, $ 855,025 Richard Sánchez, G, $84,000 Victor Vazquez, M, $440,000 Jorge Villafaña, D, $ 486,667 Derrick Williams, D, $821,458 Eriq Zavaleta, $ 84,000
LAFC salaries (guaranteed compensation)
Kellyn Acosta, M, $ 1,215 million Cristian Arango, F, $683,000 Latif Blessing, M, $416,667 JoséCifuentes, M, $411,750 Maxime Crepeau, G, $302,500 Erik Duenas, D, $102,000 Franco Escobar, D, $ 550,008 Mamadou Fall, D, $118,750 Julian Gaines, F, $87,444 Francisco Ginella, M, $572,250 Doneil Henry, D, $ 403,000 Ryan Hollingshead, $393,750 Sebastian Ibeagha, D, $252,125 Cal Jennings, F, $84,000 Antonio Leone, D, $ 102,000 John McCarthy, G, $110,000 Jesus Murillo, D, $509,500 Danny Musovski, F, $93,988 Kwadwo, Opoku, F, $ 133,095 Diego Palacios, D, $510,000 Brian Rodríguez, F, $1.144 million Tomas Romero, G, $95,000 Ilie Sanchez, $1.15 million Eddie Segura, $224,000 Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, F, $ 647,860 Christian Torres, $101,230 Mohamed Traore, D, $100,000 Carlos Vela, F, $4.05 million