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Sunday, September 18, 2011
MLS: Keane's haul: nearly $3.5 million

By Scott French

Major League Soccer's Players Union last week released its latest salary figures, and it's worth noting that Robbie Keane's wages isn't the only news for local fans.


Keane, it turns out, is making a little less than $3 million in base salary and nearly $3.5 million in guaranteed compensation, numbers that make him Major League Soccer's fourth-best-paid player, trailing only teammate David Beckham and New York's Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez.

Landon Donovan is fifth, and four others also are clearing seven figures.

Keane's salary -- $3,417,243.15 is guaranteed -- isn't out of sorts for a player of his abilities and experience, and it tops what the man he replaced, Juan Pablo Angel, is paid by more than $2 million.

Angel, traded last month to Chivas USA so Keane could be acquired, makes $1.25 million, and L.A. is picking up most of the tab.

The Galaxy's other newcomer, central defender Dasan Robinson, makes $97,500 in base salary and $100,000 is guaranteed compensation. Robinson, acquired in a trade Thursday from Toronto FC for defender Kyle Davies (who made $50,004 and $52,566.50), arrived in L.A. on Friday and could make his club debut next weekend at Columbus.

Chivas' recent arrivals are making decent (Laurent Courtois) and near-minimum-wage (David Junior Lopes) numbers. Courtois' $60,000 base is boosted to $206,000 by guaranteed bonuses. Lopes is making $45,000.

More intriguing is changes in the figures for Chivas defender Michael Umaña and Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza from the numbers the union released in May.

Umaña took a paycut, dropping from $170,000 base to $138,000 and from $182,312.50 in guaranteed compensation to $145,500.

DeLaGarza received a raise, with $22,500 in guaranteed bonuses added to his May figure.

The survey is dated Sept. 1. MLS and its clubs will not discuss salary details, but the MLSPU releases the figures each season.

Here's a look at the best-paid Galaxy and Chivas players, plus numbers for local players throughout the league:


TOP 5 BASE SALARY

1. Juan Pablo Angel, $1 million
2. Heath Pearce, $247,825
3. Paulo Nagamura, $225,000
4. Alejandro Moreno, $172,000
5. Zach Thornton, $155,000

TOP 5 GUARANTEED COMPENSATION
1. Angel, $1.25 million
2. Pearce, $257,325
3. Nagamura, $230,000
4. Laurent Courtois, $206,000
5. Moreno, $182,000

BIGGEST GUARANTEED BONUSES
1. Angel, $250,000
2. Courtois, $146,000
3. Zarek Valentin, $52,000
4. Tristan Bowen, $31,363.63
5. Blair Gavin, $19,000

LOCAL PLAYERS
Tristan Bowen (Van Nuys), $75,000 base ($106,363.63 guaranteed compensation)
Chukwudi Chijindu (Fontana), $42,000 (same)
Bryan de la Fuente (Bell), $50,400 ($52,200)
Jorge Flores (Anaheim), $60,000 ($61,666.67)
Dan Kennedy (Yorba Linda), $62,496 (same)
Gerson Mayen (Los Angeles) $32,604 (same)

OVERPRICED: Backup goalkeeper Zach Thornton makes $162,500 -- prize for his years of service, not his current contributions. … Defender Andy Boyens makes out pretty good at $60,000, especially after losing the coaching staff's confidence. ... No. 3 keeper Sergio Arias is overpaid at $45K.

UNDERPAID: Starting goalkeeper Dan Kennedy makes $62K+, or $100,000 less than his backup. … Marcos Mondaini is a bargain at $45K. ... Ben Zemanski deserves more than $44K.

WORTH NOTING: Valentin's guaranteed compensation ($132,000) is more than former Akron teammates Blair Gavin and Zemanski's combined ($118,000).

TOP 5 BASE SALARY
1. David Beckham, $5,500,000.08
2. Robbie Keane, $2,917,241.40
3. Landon Donovan, $2.3 million
4. Chad Barrett, $192,000
5. Donovan Ricketts, $170,000

TOP 5 GUARANTEED COMPENSATION
1. Beckham, $6,500,000.04
2. Keane, $3,417,243.15
3. Donovan, $2.3 million
4. Barrett, $225,333.33
5. Omar Gonzalez, $197.000

BIGGEST GUARANTEED BONUSES
1. Beckham, $999,999.96
2. Keane, $500,001.75
3. Gonzalez, $70,000
4. Brian Perk, $34,100
5. Barrett, $33,333.33

LOCAL PLAYERS
Sean Alvarado (UCLA), $32,604 base salary (same guaranteed compensation)
Chad Barrett (UCLA), $192,000 ($225,333.33)
Landon Donovan (Redlands), $2.3 million (same)
Sean Franklin (Palmdale), $97,389 ($111,139)
Frankie Hejduk (UCLA), $96,000 (same)
Hector Jimenez (Bell Gardens), $32,604 (same)
Jack McBean (Newport Beach), $55,000 ($76,000)
Brian Perk (Rancho Santa Margarita), $71,250 ($105,350)
Michael Stephens (UCLA), $57,750 ($79,000)
Ryan Thomas (Claremont), $32,604 (same)

OVERPRICED: Midfielder Chris Birchall's effort is worth something, probably a little less than his $157K-plus take-home. ... Frankie Hejduk's résumé boosts his price to $96,000. ... Jovan Kirovski is compensated well, at $86K. ... Brian Perk makes a lot ($105K+) for a third-string goalkeeper.

UNDERPAID: Adam Cristman is a steal at $42,000. ... Sean Franklin makes a little more than $111K, could make more.

WORTH NOTING: Perk makes more than No. 2 goalkeeper Josh Saunders ($66K+), who has had to be No. 1 much of the summer.

CHICAGO FIRE
Orr Barrouch (Woodland Hills), $32,600 base salary (same guaranteed compensation)
Daniel Paladini (Northridge), $75,000 ($79,478.25)

COLUMBUS CREW
Chad Marshall (Riverside), $250,000 ($320,000)
Robbie Rogers (Huntington Beach/Palos Verdes), $140,000 (same)

COLORADO RAPIDS
Marvell Wynne (UCLA), $225,000 ($301,666.67)

FC DALLAS
Kevin Hartman (Palos Verdes), $155,000 ($175,000)
Chris Seitz (San Luis Obispo/Thousand Oaks), $100,000 (same)

D.C. UNITED
Chris Pontius (Yorba Linda), $125,000 ($136,250)

SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Kei Kamara (Lawndale), $200,000 ($202,500)
Chance Myers (Thousand Oaks), $72,000 ($87,666.67)

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Benny Feilhaber (Irvine), $300,000 ($346,000)
Matt Reis (Mission Viejo), $187,312 ($191,112)

PHILADELPHIA UNION
Danny Califf (Orange), $250,000 (same)
Gabriel Farfan (Cal State Fullerton), $42,000 (same)
Michael Farfan (Cal State Fullerton), $42,000 ($79,500)
Kyle Nakazawa (Palos Verdes), $44,000 (same)
Amobi Okugo (UCLA), $85,000 ($168,000)

PORTLAND TIMBERS
Rodrigo Lopez (Harbor City), $32,604 (same)
Spencer Thompson (UC Irvine), $32,604 (same)
Sal Zizzo (UCLA), $65,000 ($73,250)

REAL SALT LAKE
Tony Beltran (UC Santa Barbara), $100,000 ($135,500)
Luis Gil (Garden Grove), $90,250 ($185,333.33)
Kyle Reynish (Valencia), $50,000 ($58,304)
Nick Rimando (Montclair), $150,000 ($158,250)

SEATTLE SOUNDERS
David Estrada (UCLA), $32,604 (same)
Brad Evans (UC Irvine), $121,000 ($134,750)
Patrick Ianni (UCLA), $85,050 (same)
Sammy Ochoa (Riverside), $42,000 ($44,500)
Michael Tetteh (UC Santa Barbara), $60,000 ($77,663.06)
Tyson Wahl (Newport Beach), $51,870 ($54,770)

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Rafael Baca (Lawndale), $32,600 (same)
Bobby Burling (Loyola Marymount), $42,000 (same)
Steven Lenhart (Yorba Linda), $45,000 ($47,333.34)
Maxwell Griffin (Palmdale), unavailable

TORONTO FC
Andy Iro (UC Santa Barbara), $68,596 ($87,346)

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
Michael Boxall (UC Santa Barbara), $42,000 (same)
Jordan Harvey (Mission Viejo), $61,875 ($63,125)
John Thorrington (Palos Verdes), $194,700 ($207,200)
Peter Vagenas (Pasadena), $48,000 (same)

LEAGUE GOALKEEPER POOL
Kevin Guppy (Chino Hills), $42,000 (same)