2012 MLS Player Salaries Released: David Beckham Still Galaxy's Top Earner Despite Massive Pay Cut

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19: (L-R) President of AEG Tim Leiweke, midfielder David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Head Coach Bruce Arena of the Los Angeles Galaxy present Beckham with his new jersey during the press conference announcing David Beckham's new contract at Staples Center on January 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

The MLS Players Association released the list of MLS players salaries for 2012 this year. David Beckham is still the Galaxy's top earner, with Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane joining him over the million mark. Remember, the 2012 Salary roster is $2,810,000 and the maximum budget charge a player can have against the roster is $350,000. The budget charge can also be bought down with allocation money, so it's impossible to calculate with this data a team's current salary budget.

There's still a ton of interesting info contained within. Outside of the three DPs, every Galaxy player is under the maximum budget charge.

Player Name Base Salary ($) Guaranteed Compensation ($)
Chad Barrett 220,000.00 253,333.33
David Beckham 3,000,000.00 4,000,000.00
Andrew Boyens 62,500.00 65,783.33
Edson Buddle 255,000.00 255,000.00
Adam Cristman 75,000.00 75,000.00
A.J. DeLaGarza 90,000.00 112,500.00
Landon Donovan 2,400,000.00 2,400,000.00
Todd Dunivant 140,000.00 146,750.00
Sean Franklin 205,000.00 228,333.33
Rafael Garcia 33,750.00 33,750.00
Bill Gaudette 60,000.00 63,255.00
Brian Gaul 33,750.00 33,750.00
Omar Gonzalez 180,000.00 257,000.00
Hector Jimenez 44,000.00 44,000.00
Brian Jordan 55,000.00 55,000.00
Juninho 50,000.00 65,625.00
Robbie Keane 2,917,241.00 3,417,242.75
Dan Keat 46,200.00 68,700.00
Dvid Junior Lopes 47,250.00 47,250.00
Mike Magee 124,135.00 126,635.00
Jack McBean 70,000.00 91,000.00
Tommy Meyer 44,000.00 57,750.00
Kyle Nakazawa 51,150.00 51,150.00
Pat Noonan 70,000.00 70,000.00
Brian Perk 76,000.00 110,100.00
Leonardo Ribeiro da Silva 90,000.00 131,250.00
Marcelo Sarvas 135,000.00 161,875.00
Josh Saunders 74,545.00 77,678.75
Michael Stephens 72,050.00 93,300.00
Jose Villareal 33,750.00 35,625.00
Kenny Walker 33,750.00 33,750.00


Comparing with last season, Donovan got a $100k raise. No change to Robbie Keane. Big change to David Beckham, who apparently took a $2.5 million pay cut to stay in Los Angeles. That's nothing short of amazing considering there was a competing offer.

Buddle comes back at a considerably higher clip that he left. We know there was a bonafide offer made to him before he left, considering how quickly he was added back to the roster, I imagine what we're seeing now is that offer. Juninho comes back at significantly less than he was making last year, but that all depends on the terms of the loan agreement.

Sean Franklin has been with the team a long while and has started all that time so his salary makes sense. Omar Gonzalez is approaching that range but has the leverage of national team time and offers from Europe so that'll be an interesting future negotiation.

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