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The MLS Players Association released a list of all the player salaries on Tuesday for all to see.

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Well, it is that time of the year again and the MLSPA has released its list of MLS Players' salaries.

The accuracy of these numbers is an annual point of contention between the MLSPA and the league's various ownership groups, including our own Merritt Paulson here in Portland, but since these are the only available numbers, lets play with them.

Editor's note: I had a chance to talk to some folks in the know about salaries and I believe them when they say that, for some of the salaries listed, they are not showing the full story. -Will

Here is our breakdown of the players on the Portland Timbers.

Alphabetical:

Last Name First Name Pos 2014 Base Salary 2014 Guaranteed Compensation
Adi Fanendo F $            580,800.00 $      593,300.00
Alhassan Kalif M $            120,000.00 $      120,000.00
Chara Diego M $            170,000.00 $      170,000.00
Evans Steven M $              48,825.00 $        53,825.00
Fernandez Gaston F $            150,000.00 $      150,000.00
Fochive George M $              36,500.00 $        36,500.00
Gallego Bryan M $              36,500.00 $        36,500.00
Gleeson Jake GK $              66,000.00 $        66,000.00
Harrington Michael D-M $            125,000.00 $      125,000.00
Jewsbury Jack D $            115,000.00 $      115,000.00
Johnson Will M $            300,000.00 $      300,000.00
Kah Pa-Madou D $            240,000.00 $      240,000.00
Mckenzie Raushawn D $              48,825.00 $        48,825.00
Nagbe Darlington M $            250,000.00 $      250,000.00
Nanchoff Michael M $              48,825.00 $        48,825.00
O'Rourke Danny D $              55,008.00 $        55,008.00
Paparatto Norberto D $            100,000.00 $      100,000.00
Peay Taylor D $              36,500.04 $        36,500.04
Powell Alvas D $              48,828.00 $        48,828.00
Ricketts Donovan GK $            260,000.00 $      260,000.00
Ridgwell Liam D $        1,200,000.00 $  1,200,000.00
Tsuma Schillo F $              75,000.00 $      113,000.00
Urruti Maximiliano F $            123,750.00 $      133,700.00
Valeri Diego M $            500,000.00 $      500,000.00
Villafana Jorge F $              72,765.00 $        74,431.67
Wallace Rodney M-D $            150,000.00 $      175,000.00
Weber Andrew GK $              48,500.04 $        48,500.04
Zakuani Steve F $            120,000.00 $      120,000.00
Zemanski Ben M $              80,850.00 $        83,350.00

On Budget Players vs Off Budget Players

Per MLS Roster rules, the first 18 to 20 players based on compensation are the "on budget players" and those who actually count against the cap. With only 29 players currently on the listed budget (Jose Adolfo Valencia is no longer on there, despite remaining on the Timbers' roster page), the Timbers only need to count their first 19.

On Budget

Last Name First Name Pos 2014 Base Salary 2014 Guaranteed Compensation
Ridgwell Liam D $        1,200,000.00 $  1,200,000.00
Adi Fnanendo F $            580,800.00 $      593,300.00
Valeri Diego M $            500,000.00 $      500,000.00
Johnson Will M $            300,000.00 $      300,000.00
Ricketts Donovan GK $            260,000.00 $      260,000.00
Nagbe Darlington M $            250,000.00 $      250,000.00
Kah Pa-Madou D $            240,000.00 $      240,000.00
Wallace Rodney M-D $            150,000.00 $      175,000.00
Chara Diego M $            170,000.00 $      170,000.00
Fernandez Gaston F $            150,000.00 $      150,000.00
Urruti Maximiliano F $            123,750.00 $      133,700.00
Harrington Michael D-M $            125,000.00 $      125,000.00
Alhassan Kalif M $            120,000.00 $      120,000.00
Zakuani Steve F $            120,000.00 $      120,000.00
Jewsbury Jack D $            115,000.00 $      115,000.00
Paparatto Norberto D $            100,000.00 $      100,000.00
Zemanski Ben M $              80,850.00 $        83,350.00
Villafana Jorge F $              72,765.00 $        74,431.67
Gleeson Jake GK $              66,000.00 $        66,000.00



Which means the total cap hit for the Portland Timbers is $3,644,981.67. However this is before you take into account the allocation money used to buy down contracts of players, the transfer fees paid for those players, the fact that neither Ridgewell nor Adi count for the full cap hit due to the fact that they was signed halfway through the season, or any number of other factors that could move the needle higher or lower.

The Portland Timbers are probably right at the $3.1 million cap and do not have a lot of room to spare.

Off Budget Players

Those players in the final ten roster positions by budget, based on player salaries, are considered the off budget players. This group automatically includes players on Generation Adidas contracts, like Schillo Tsuma, or homegrown players, like Steven Evans.

Evans Steven M $              48,825.00 $        53,825.00
Powell Alvas D $              48,828.00 $        48,828.00
Mckenzie Raushawn D $              48,825.00 $        48,825.00
Nanchoff Michael M $              48,825.00 $        48,825.00
Weber Andrew GK $              48,500.04 $        48,500.04
Peay Taylor D $              36,500.04 $        36,500.04
Fochive George M $              36,500.00 $        36,500.00
Gallego Bryan M $              36,500.00 $        36,500.00
Tsuma Schillo F $              75,000.00 $      113,000.00
O'Rourke Danny D
$              55,008.00
$              55,0008.00

Total Salary

The Portland Timber's total guaranteed salary according to the Player's Assocation is $5,302,092.75

Interesting notes

The highest paid player in the MLS is not even in the MLS. Kaka is making $7.1 million for the 2014 season. Not sure how that works but he is listed on the salary list. Also David Villa is set to take home $60k for the 2014 season! Not sure how much per minute that is but I bet it is incalculable.

What are your thoughts?