The regularly scheduled MLS Players Association news drop has found its way into our collective hands today, so let’s take a look.
There are two more broadly interesting points that come out of the regularly scheduled salary dump. We signed one player, Nedum Onuoha, and there were rumors of a new contract for Albert Rusnak.
- Nedum Onuoha is listed as making $219,000 in 2018 — that’s just about right as a TAM signing, as it would be the portion from September forward. That should put him somewhere around $800,000 guaranteed salary.
- Albert Rusnak’s base salary number hasn’t increased — at least not yet. Remember when Stu Holden broke news that Rusnak and RSL had agreed a new deal? It doesn’t appear that’s done yet, which would explain why we’ve heard basically nothing from the club on the deal. However, his total compensation jumped about $18,000, so I’m not really sure what that means.
A couple other things I think are interesting:
- Corey Baird is our lowest paid player — tied with Connor Sparrow. He’s also a good shout for MLS Rookie of the Year. He better get a new contract soon, because he’s making just $54,504 right now.
- Aaron Herrera and Nick Besler, who have played significant minutes in our defense, are making just $67,500.
As usual, some caveats:
- Don’t use these numbers — at least not precisely — as measures for the MLS salary cap. The CBA has all sorts of specifications about what goes into that, and it’s not just what’s in the player association number dump.
- Don’t even entirely trust these numbers. There have often been complaints about the salary dump not really being an accurate portrayal of the world, and that’s probably still the case.