Toronto FC's salary cap issues have been well documented this season as the club struggles to add depth to Major League Soccer's most expensive team. But until early last week, the exact breakdown of Toronto FC's payroll situation was not public knowledge.
Last Sunday, the Major League Soccer Player's Union released its list of salary information as it does on a bi-annual basis. Toronto FC is the league's most expensive club, paying its players $22,774,566.74 in guaranteed compensation. The LA Galaxy have the league's second most expensive payroll at $19.5 million. New York City is third, while the New York Red Bulls are the cheapest team in the league at just $3.9 million.
Evidently, a big chunk of Toronto FC's cash goes to its three designated players. Sebastian Giovinco's $7,115,555 salary in guaranteed compensation makes him the second most expensive player in the league. Toronto's other two designated players also sit in the top 10 in the league: Michael Bradley makes $6,500,000, the third highest in the league, and Jozy Altidore is the seventh highest paid player in MLS making $4,750,000.
Kaka is the most expensive player in the league, earning marginally more than Giovinco with a salary of $7,167,500. Rounding out the top 10 most paid players in the league are Steven Gerrard (4th), Frank Lampard (5th), David Villa (6th), Clint Dempsey (8th), Robbie Keane (9th) and Giovani Dos Santos.
The most interesting salaries for Toronto FC supporters will be those of the four players they acquired during the offseason. Will Johnson was the most expensive acquisition, being paid $395,333. Drew Moor makes $250,000, Steven Beitashour makes $244,000 while goalkeeper Clint Irwin makes only $107,000.
As such, Irwin headlines the list of players who come at a bargain value for Toronto FC. The goalkeeper is one of the league's best, and may well be a cornerstone of this team for several years to come. Joining Irwin in the bargain bin is Canadian striker Mo Babouli who makes just $51,500, as well as Tsubasa Endoh who makes the same amount.
In terms of where Toronto FC could potential trim some fat off of its roster, it is the backline. Eriq Zavaleta, who has started just one game this season, makes $140,600. Mark Bloom, who also rarely features, makes $101,848. Damien Perquis, meanwhile, is the most expensive non-designated player on the team at $427,500, which is essentially a DP salary.
Here is the full list of Toronto FC players and their salaries:
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