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MLS Players Union has already released the final list of Major League Soccer player salaries for 2014/2015. There has been plenty of changes according to the previous MLS plyers salary list. The recent salary list is made public on 29th September 2014.
Surprisingly, the new highest paid MLS player will not officially play until next spring. This time, four of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team are enlisted in this top 10 highest paid MLS players 2015. No surprise that most of these highest paid MLS players are forward players.
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There are some former world soccer legends in this list of MLS players. In fact these big names make the top of this list article. Some believes them as overly paid while some others believe as this payment is nothing comparing their previous wages in European Clubs.
Let’s see, who is the highest paid MLS player in 2015 season?
10. Marco Di Vaio
Present team: Montreal Impact
Salary: $2.6 million
The Montreal Impact has been awful in 2014-2015 season. No team in the league has more league defeats than Montreal. They are along with Chivas, in the basement of the overall league standings so far. They were also eliminated from playoff contention before the final month of that season.
Di Vaio is one of their all time great soccer superstar. Though the season was quite to forget for him too. He notched 6 goals and 4 assists in 22 total appearances last year. The belief is that Di Vaio will leave Montreal and MLS. The player is likely to return Italy. With $2.6 million as salary currently he is considered as the 10th of the highest paid MLS players in 2015.
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09. Jermaine Jones
Present team: New England Revolution
Salary: $3.25 million
It has been a rumors of where Jones would end up seemed to change on a weekly basis. After the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, he was headed to the New York Red Bulls. He was meant there to be as the possible replacement for supposed Orlando City target Dax McCarty. As there, Chicago Fire were on the verge of acquiring Jones at any cost.
The blind draw ultimately determined his destination after Jones agreed to join MLS. Fortunately the Revolution came up as the big winners for them.
His new teammates have immediately been tasked with attempting to hold off other Eastern Conference sides. He was given the best playoff spot. With around $3.25 million as salary, Jones is at number 9 in this list of top 10 highest paid MLS players in 2014-2015.
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08. Tim Cahill
Present team: New York Red Bulls
Salary: $3.63 million
Tim Cahill has had quite the roller coaster MLS career. He joined the Red Bulls in the summer of last 2012-2013 season. He made little impact in his first season in the league. Then he was called out for perceived lackluster play by ESPN TV analyst Taylor Twellman.
These comments seemed to light a fire under Cahill. He definitely went to be the best player in MLS and his team became the best regular season team in MLS. He helped the Red Bulls win the Supporters’ Shield, which is in fact the first meaningful trophy in club history.
Cahill was busy with World Cup duty with the Australia National Team. Eventually this has affected his club performance. And now the 34-year-old is the 8th of the highest paid MLS players with nearly $3.63 million as salary from the New York red Bulls.
07. Thierry Henry
Present team: New York Red Bulls
Salary: $4.35 million
Undoubtedly he is the living legend who has done it all in the game. The most-talented overall MLS player in history is Thierry Henry. His RBNY career got off to a slow start as he netted 39 goals and notched 25 assists in two years. The Metro captain is quietly having a solid year as the team’s key setup player.
Every soccer lover in this earth definitely enjoy watching him playing. The veteran who turned 37 years old in August is reportedly eying the end. It has been heavily rumored that Henry will retire when New York at the end of this season. He is at number 7 in this list of top 10 highest paid MLS players for 2014/2015.
06. Robbie Keane
Present team: LA Galaxy
Salary: $4.5 million
Keane simply worth every penny since joining MLS. Players like him in MLS are meant to bring attention and titles to clubs. He has done that and then some over the past several seasons in MLS. He is a two-time MLS Cup winner as the Galaxy hoisted the Supporters’ Shield in 2011.
We can hope for the best yet to come from the ageless player. He is currently third in goals scored. He and teammates Gyasi Zardes or Landon Donovan can end up being MVP candidates for 2014 in MLS. The forward is currently the 6th highest paid MLS player with $4.5 million as salary.
05. Landon Donovan
Present team: LA Galaxy
Salary: $4.58 million
Probably there are no questions about Landon Donovan’s playing future past this season. He announced earlier this year that he will be retiring after the Galaxy play their final game. He is undoubtedly the United States Men’s National Team legend. He had previously scored the most famous goal in the history of US Soccer could win several awards.
The Galaxy are arguably the best team in the MLS. In fact they are the Supporters’ Shield contenders. They are still favorites to win the MLS Cup this year. Donovan could also be a sentimental choice as the 5th of the highest paid MLS players with $4.58 million salary.
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04. Jermain Defoe
Present team: Toronto FC
Salary: $6.18 million
Most obviously Defoe was brought in by Toronto last winter in an attempt to reboot the club. As they failed their faithful supporters year after year. Now we can conclude that the experiment was quite successful. Defoe looked like a legitimate Golden Boot candidate in the spring in MLS.
Rumors were all around that Defoe had his head turned by former manager Harry Redknapp. As the manager is very much eager to bring him back to England.
Defoe is back with Toronto, but nobody can assure his longevity here. The writing on the wall suggests that the front man will ditch the Canadian side. Which in turn can make him one of the biggest designated player flops in MLS history unless TFC go on a magical run.
03. Michael Bradley
Present team: Toronto FC
Salary: $6.5 million
Bradley has been one of several Toronto players to receive criticism. Much of it has been deserved. It is believed that focusing on Bradley as the main TFC problem would be a foolish exercise. This midfielder is hardly the only reason the club collapsed after a hot start.
There has been speculation that all of the team’s designated players could leave the club. If especially TFC do not qualify for the postseason tournament. May be Toronto would not be a postseason team if the season ended on September 30 this year.
Bradley will attract bids from home and abroad if he makes it clear that he wants to leave. The 3rd of the highest paid ML Slayers currently gets $6.5 million as salary.
02. Clint Dempsey
Present team: Seattle Sounders
Salary: $6.7 million
Dempsey has a month to remember in October in MLS MVP. His 13 goals and 9 assists to date have made for a fine season for him. Seattle teammate Obafemi Martins is one of several players who have outdone the American in MLS.
Martins will begin October with 15 goals and 10 assists. Dempsey, Martins and the rest of the Sounders will be expected to earn their paychecks starting the previous month. Seattle are tied with LA atop the overall league standings in MLS. He will have home advantage to manage a win.
Dempsey and company have already lifted a trophy last season. And Seattle won the US Open Cup in September. Clint Dempsey is now at number 2nd of this list of top 10 highest paid MLS players in 2014-2015.
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Present team: Orlando City
Salary: $7.17 million
Undoubtedly KAKA is another household name among diehard soccer fans all around the world. What else coud he win, as already he had lifted the trophy of Serie A, La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Oh, of course we shouldn’t forget to mark the FIFA World cup as one of his biggest achievements. Kaka will definitely draw attraction to the expansion of the team.
The play-maker who will turn 33 years old next April, hasn’t participated in even a friendly as an MLS professional. History suggests that a foreign player who was a superstar in Europe will need time to adjust in North American league (MLS). Maybe Kaka will be an exception for them. Or perhaps he’ll be proclaimed as the most overpaid player in MLS in 2015. But for now he is the highest paid MLS Player in 2014-2015 season.