On May 23, we looked at the LA Galaxy 2013 salaries and Match Impact Rating performance (for an introduction to MIR, click here). In this second installment, we'll take a view of MLS as a whole and see where Galaxy players fit in.
Unfortunately for Robbie Keane, with 450 minutes played he did not meet the 500 minute mark cutoff for the MLS leaderboard. Otherwise, he would be ranked first in MLS Match Impact Rating so far this season with a 53.2. Landon Donovan did meet the minimum number of minutes and is ranked in the Top 10. However, as you will see below, a majority of the players Top 10 in MIR are not Designated Players.
|Player||Team||2013 Guaranteed Compensation||Points/90 Mins||MIR|
|David Ferreira||FC Dallas||$730k||0.42||51|
|Landon Donovan||Galaxy||$2.5 million||0.79||44.2|
Donovan is the only millionaire earner on this list and the average compensation of the Top 10 is $454.1k. There are plenty of bargains on the list, including Designated Player Mauro Rosales who is an absolute steal at $225k. Rosales finished fifth last season in MLS MIR at 44.8 and is playing at a higher level this season. By contrast, seven of the 26 (27 percent) Designated Players in MLS did not meet the minimum minute mark. The average compensation of those players is $1.44 million.
Here are the best MIR deals and busts (yes, injured players included) so far this season by team, MIR rank in brackets:
FC Dallas: Jackson Goncalves ($165.4k), MIR 35 (27), Eric Hassli ($262.3k), MIR Incomplete, 269 mins played
Montreal Impact: Justin Mapp ($137.5k), MIR 48.4 (5), Andrea Pisanu ($148k), MIR Incomplete, 334 mins played