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LAFC’s 2019 player salaries revealed

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Time for the annual peek behind the curtain.

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Tyler Miller is the best value on the team.
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The MLS Players’ Union released their annual list of salaries for all players in the league. That includes Los Angeles Football Club, whose full amount, according to the list, was over $13,000,000 across the roster.

Here’s the full list for LAFC:

LAFC 2019 salaries

Name Base Salary Guaranteed Compensation
Name Base Salary Guaranteed Compensation
Eduard Atuesta $475,000 $493,000
Lamar Batista $56,250 $56,250
Steven Beitashour $275,000 $298,375
Tristan Blackmon $70,250 $72,984
Latif Blessing $93,750 $103,125
Shaft Brewer, Jr. $80,000 $81,667
Adama Diomande $850,000 $935,000
Phillip Ejimadu $56,250 $56,250
Mohamed El-Munir $185,000 $202,833
Alejandro Guido $120,000 $120,000
Niko Hamalainen $56,250 $56,250
Jordan Harvey $165,000 $165,000
Andre Horta* $1,200,000 $1,277,500
Dejan Jakovic $150,000 $153,750
Mark-Anthony Kaye $166,248 $177,811
Tyler Miller $77,565 $77,565
Lee Nguyen $525,000 $530,000
Josh Perez $76,000 $76,000
Adrien Perez $56,250 $56,250
Javi Perez $56,250 $56,250
Christian Ramirez $600,000 $666,250
Diego Rossi $1,000,000 $1,052,000
Eddie Segura $200,000 $212,000
Danilo Silva $200,000 $200,000
Pablo Sisniega $105,000 $105,000
Peter-Lee Vassell $70,250 $70,250
Carlos Vela $4,500,000 $6,300,000
Rodolfo Zelaya $162,500 $185,833
Walker Zimmerman $600,000 $600,000

Note: Andre Horta is on here, and will count against LAFC’s salary budget for the first half of the season, since he was here just under half the season, but his actual charge will be half since it’s pro-rated.

Keep in mind the following caveats: This list is not what is used to determine a team’s salary budget, players have claimed in the past these numbers are not wholly accurate, and as a result because they are the only such information we get about MLS player salaries, these are quite reliable but may not tell the entire story. In other words, they’re a thumbnail sketch, better than nothing but maybe not the be all and end all.

Initial impressions:

  • LAFC’s starting fullbacks — Steven Beitashour and Jordan Harvey — remain on very favorable salaries for the club. In Harvey’s case, he actually got a small raise compared to last year, while Beitashour, one of the most coveted right backs in MLS, is making the same as he did last year.
  • Carlos Vela remains the highest-paid player, as you would expect, while the now-departed Horta, who just was not a good match for the team, was second-highest paid. Diego Rossi, the team’s 3rd Designated Player, was the third millionaire earner on the team.
  • Other players above the DP threshold and therefore on TAM deals: Walker Zimmerman, Christian Ramirez, Lee Nguyen, Adama Diomande and possibly Eduard Atuesta.
  • Most underpaid? May be some debate, but to me, Tyler Miller looks like the obvious choice. He did get a raise compared to last season, but it was a raise of less than $10,000. He’s solidified his status as a starter. He’s on the USMNT roster for the Gold Cup. The guy shouldn’t have to pick up the check this season.

And for a sense of how LAFC’s spending on player salaries compares to the rest of the league:

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