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MLS 2013 salaries and Match Impact Rating

In the second part of the MLS salary and Match Impact Rating series, we look at MLS in general. Part one dealt with only the LA Galaxy. This time we'll review the bargains and busts from around the league.


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.

MLS 2013 Salary and MIR
Player Team 2013 Guaranteed Compensation Points/90 Mins MIR
Mauro Rosales Sounders $225k 0.82 51.9
David Ferreira FC Dallas $730k 0.42 51
Javier Morales RSL $300k 0.52 50.3
Eddie Johnson Sounders $156.3k 0.73 49.7
Justin Mapp Impact $137.5k 0.68 48.4
Eddie Gaven Crew $195k 0.33 44.9
Landon Donovan Galaxy $2.5 million 0.79 44.2
Gershon Koffie Whitecaps $176k 0.51 43.7
Graham Zusi SKC $173.8k 0.60 43.1
Camilo Sanvezzo Whitecaps $247.5k 0.65 41.7

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:

Chicago Fire: Patrick Nyarko ($249k), MIR 40.7 (11), Sherjill MacDonald ($527.1k), MIR 22.7 (70)

Chivas USA: Jorge Villafana ($71k), MIR 38.1 (17), Oswaldo Minda ($143.8k), MIR Incomplete, 198 mins played

Colorado Rapids: Dillon Powers ($79k), MIR 30.5 (43), Edson Buddle ($275k), MIR Incomplete, 316 mins played

Columbus Crew: Eddie Gaven ($195k), MIR 44.9 (6), Federico Higuain ($604k), MIR 22.5 (71)

D.C. United: Kyle Porter ($55k), MIR 30.1 (46), Dwayne De Rosario ($645.3k), MIR 25.8 (60)

FC Dallas: Jackson Goncalves ($165.4k), MIR 35 (27), Eric Hassli ($262.3k), MIR Incomplete, 269 mins played

Houston Dynamo: Will Bruin ($165k), MIR 33.4 (39), Omar Cummings ($239k), MIR Incomplete, 10 mins played

LA Galaxy: Marcelo Sarvas ($184.4k), MIR 36.5 (22), Juninho ($290k), MIR 12 (101)

Montreal Impact: Justin Mapp ($137.5k), MIR 48.4 (5), Andrea Pisanu ($148k), MIR Incomplete, 334 mins played

New England Revolution: Lee Nguyen ($80.1k), MIR 28.1 (53), Kalifa Cisse ($445k), MIR Incomplete, 456 mins played

New York Red Bulls: Fabian Espindola ($150k), MIR 38.8 (14), Thierry Henry ($4.4 million), MIR 28 (54)

Philadelphia Union: Jack McInerney ($190k), MIR 38.6 (15), Brian Carroll ($176.4k), MIR 2.5 (110)

Portland Timbers: Ryan Johnson ($144.7k), MIR 39.1 (12), Diego Chara ($243.8k), MIR 18.6 (84)

Real Salt Lake: Joao Plata ($60k), MIR 34.2 (30), Robbie Findley ($205.5k), MIR Incomplete, 355 mins played

San Jose Earthquakes: Adam Jahn ($35.1k), MIR 31.7 (41), Steven Lenhart ($217.5k), MIR Incomplete, 278 mins played

Seattle Sounders: Eddie Johnson ($156.3k), MIR 49.7 (4), Obafemi Martins ($1.73 million), MIR Incomplete, 205 mins played

Sporting Kansas City: C.J. Sapong ($92k), MIR 38.5 (16), Bobby Convey ($215k), MIR Incomplete, 122 mins played

Toronto FC: Jeremy Hall ($90k), MIR 36.7 (20), Danny Koevermans ($1.7 million), MIR Incomplete, 0 mins played

Vancouver Whitecaps: Gershon Koffie ($176k), MIR 43.7 (8), Kenny Miller ($1.1 million), MIR Incomplete, 213 mins played