Major League Soccer has always been secretive about the length and size of players' contracts, something that they have more success at than most leagues around the world thanks to the single entity structure of MLS. Each year, however, the MLS Players Union releases the base salaries and guaranteed compensation of each player in the league as the winter transfer window closes, which just so happens to be today.
As such, here are the Timbers' salaries as reported by the MLS Players Union:
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*The Montreal Impact are playing the difference between Troy Perkins' salary ($225,000.00/236,833.33) and Donovan Ricketts' salary.
Several things stand out in this year's list:
- Hanyer Mosquera is not included on the list. While the rumors that he is gone have yet to be confirmed by the club, this looks like another nail in the coffin of his time with the Timbers.
- Pa Modou Ka has yet to be added to the list, leaving the Timbers with only 29 players accounted for. This is hardly surprising, given that he only signed on Friday.
- Several players who signed new contracts over the off season were assumed to be taking reduced deals. A quick look at the new contracts of Rodney Wallace ($110,000 base in 2012) and Futty Danso ($82,500 base in 2012) shows that both are on higher contracts this year. Jake Gleeson ($62,500 base in 2012), however, did take a pay cut this year.
- There are five players on the Timbers who make more than $200,000 in guaranteed compensation this year: Diego Chara, Will Johnson, Darlington Nagbe, Donovan Ricketts, and Diego Valeri. Of those five, only Ricketts is not a nominal midfielder.
- Bright Dike, David Horst, Brent Richards, and Mikael Silvestre, all of whom will miss the majority of the season with long term injuries, account for almost $400,000 of the team's salary.
What surprised you the most about this year's player salaries? Let us know in the comments.