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LA Galaxy’s 2021 player salary information released

Where do things stand for the current roster?

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After a year in which we were left in the dark as far as how much MLS players make in salary according to the MLS Players Association, the union released the initial 2021 figures on Thursday.

Typically, the MLSPA releases salary figures twice a year, but they didn’t release any figures publicly last season, presumably due to the coronavirus pandemic and players taking a temporary pay cut and then players getting paid out from an emergency fund to make up the difference as best as possible.

But we’re back! Here’s what the MLSPA reports about the Galaxy roster:

LA Galaxy 2021 Salaries

Player Base Salary Guaranteed Compensation
Player Base Salary Guaranteed Compensation
Danny Acosta $135,000 $135,000
Efrain Alvarez $110,004 $114,738
Julian Araujo $140,000 $146,250
Jonathan Bond $450,000 $501,875
Kevin Cabral $1,440,000 $1,440,000
Nick DePuy $81,375 $81,375
Jonathan dos Santos $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Cameron Dunbar $100,000 $116,750
Adam Saldaña $81,375 $87,309
Marcus Ferkranus $90,000 $103,625
Oniel Fisher $140,000 $147,625
Giancarlo Gonzalez $850,000 $919,583
Samuel Grandsir $850,000 $938,427
Carlos Harvey $81,375 $81,375
Chicharito $6,000,000 $6,000,000
Jonathan Klinsmann $81,375 $81,375
Sacha Kljestan $247,350 $247,350
Kai Koreniuk $85,444 $85,444
Sebastian Lletget $800,000 $923,750
Eric Lopez $81,375 $81,375
Jalen Neal $90,000 $103,625
Jonathan Perez $125,000 $146,750
Daniel Steres $375,000 $393,750
Victor Vazquez $400,000 $439,167
Jorge Villafaña $450,000 $486,667
Justin Vom Steeg $85,444 $85,444
Derrick Williams $750,000 $821,458
Ethan Zubak $130,000 $133,125

A few notes:

  • The Galaxy are third in the league in salary spending, at $16,843,212. Only Toronto FC (No. 2) and Inter Miami (No. 1) are above them, Miami spending roughly a million more.
  • Two new signings, Augustine Williams and Sega Coulibaly, are not included here. I would imagine Williams’ number will be below $100,000, but Coulibaly’s is harder to guess.
  • The three Designated Players — Chicharito, Jonathan dos Santos and Kevin Cabral — are the highest paid players on the team, as you would expect. Chicharito’s base salary of $6 million is the highest in the league.
  • No other players make over $1 million, but there are several players above the 2021 Maximum Salary Budget Charge in MLS, which is $612,500 this year: Giancarlo Gonzalez, Samuel Grandsir, Sebastian Lletget and Derrick Williams. Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) is being used to pay down their salaries.
  • In hindsight, it seems pretty obvious Jonathan Bond would become the starting GK, but he makes roughly five times what Jonathan Klinsmann does, so that’s probably another hint that Bond had the inside track for the No. 1.

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