63 responses

  1. BLarsenAFC1886
    August 1, 2012

    New England paying the least – imagine that.

  2. Tyler
    August 1, 2012

    Why are they dogging Nesta like that whilst Di Vaio makes such an exorbitant amount?

  3. Fred
    August 1, 2012

    How is Bengston a DP with such a low salary?

  4. Rick
    August 1, 2012

    How does Nesta only make 225K?

  5. Spencer
    August 1, 2012

    there was probably a transfer fee that bumped him up

  6. ericJ
    August 1, 2012

    Transfer fee??

  7. ericJ
    August 1, 2012

    That is exactly what made my jaw drop. I saw his salary vs DiVaio…

  8. Dimidri
    August 1, 2012

    As a Fire fan, fine with the Friederich total-he’s been great some games, very good in the others. The McDonald one on the other hand…I guess it’s their money.

  9. BATMAN
    August 1, 2012

    why does Friedrich make less than a quarter million? He’s a 2 time WC star. He should easily be making double that

  10. K-Town
    August 1, 2012

    MLS should raid all of Honduras’ best players.

  11. BATMAN
    August 1, 2012

    If Bengston keeps scoring this dude will command a big transfer fee. A few million for sure

  12. Vic El Paso texas
    August 1, 2012

    Ronaldinho to mls

  13. easilyorg
    August 1, 2012

    how is it that we can get actual solid European players for less than DP money? Hard to believe

  14. easilyorg
    August 1, 2012

    how are they comparably? which teams did they play for?

  15. uss saratoga
    August 1, 2012

    Each team needs to have a maximum of 4 DP’s and salary cap needs to be raised to like 4million ASAP.

    how can we get quality European players when even the crappy ones can get a few hundred grand a season in leagues like Norway and Denmark. Heck the average player in the Championship gets nearly a million a year

  16. Weaksauce
    August 1, 2012

    Hopefully next season

  17. Mateo
    August 1, 2012

    Anyone else find it odd that Nesta makes only $225K and Di Vaio makes nearly $2 million? These guys go way back, right? Good friends. Maybe Montreal gets around Nesta being a DP by overpaying DiVaio and having him transfer some of his salary to Nesta. Maybe they both really are taking home about $1 million Crazy talk? Hard to imagine Nesta coming from AC Milan to a brand new MLS team in Montreal for only $225.

  18. Ben
    August 1, 2012

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves…I’m all for a free market that leans towards the labor, but A#1 is getting the league a heritage and a foothold. Tip the hat to the investors now and make them reinvest as MLS metamorphasizes from a AAA to a major league entity. I think it’s possible.

  19. Pop
    August 1, 2012

    why have a salary cap? no other league on the planet has one. Whats the good argument for a salary cap?

  20. Puffer
    August 1, 2012

    So next season will NE have no DPs since Bengston’s salary doesn’t qualify w/o transfer fee and Shalrie is gone?

  21. Waterlewd
    August 2, 2012

    Parity

  22. ericJ
    August 2, 2012

    Nesta = AC Milan??????

  23. Ang
    August 2, 2012

    Nesta is the unbelievable bargain. Got to be wrong. If not, why didn’t Red Bull buy him for a non-DP salary when he wanted to go to NY?!

  24. brian
    August 2, 2012

    A stable professional soccer league in the united states

  25. jayboy
    August 2, 2012

    MacDonald is a total headscratcher to me. His resume reads like Eddie Johnson, without any of the National team caps. 27 year-old striker, bounced around in 2nd tier leagues, and then scored 15 goals in 82 games (2.5 seasons) on a mid-table Belgian team. That’s 6 goals a season. How on earth does that warrant $550k? I’d rather have 4 young Hondurans on my team for that money!!

  26. Pop
    August 2, 2012

    lol

  27. Pop
    August 2, 2012

    lol

  28. Old School
    August 2, 2012

    Sherjill McDonald (Chicago Fire)-$487,125

    =====

    Just another boneheaded move on the financial side of the Fire front office.

  29. AJ
    August 2, 2012

    I agree. I just don’t see how that is correct.

  30. cfig
    August 2, 2012

    Boniek may be the smartest DP signing any club has made in MLS from a dollars to performance standpoint. He’s great on the ball, calm yet brings energy, and makes the players around him better, I’ve never seen another player make the impact he has in such a short period of time.

  31. Mvillase
    August 2, 2012

    I’ll take Boniek at 150k over any other overpaid player anytime…smart from the Dynamo!

  32. Thomas
    August 2, 2012

    He was one of those with a transfer fee attached (a new tactic for the MLS that started with Robbie Keane), so the cost to the club was significantly more than his listed salary. Regardless, has made the team infinitely better, so no matter the price tag, a good acquisition.

  33. Thomas
    August 2, 2012

    Second that. They are proving to be a solid fit for the MLS with, surprisingly, little adjustment period.

  34. Thomas
    August 2, 2012

    What are the terms of the Di Viao contract, because that seems insane. Hope it is just a one year deal that was meant to give Montreal immediate competitiveness (is that a word?)

  35. Figgy
    August 2, 2012

    If he plays like Eddie, Chicago has done well

  36. ericJ
    August 2, 2012

    sometimes transfer fee = multiple seasons (re: Fernandez in Seattle [now Chicago]).

  37. Marcos G
    August 2, 2012

    When is LA going to make use of their recent salary dumps?

  38. Dynamofan
    August 2, 2012

    Parity and finacial stability for a league in a country that must compete with 3 or 4 other major proffesional sports leagues. The US professional soccer situation is like no other in the world. Why ask a question if you are to stupid to listen to a response.

  39. Kosh
    August 2, 2012

    I fail to see the funny on this one. Not unless you are a recent fan of soccer in the US you would clearly understand the need for a cap (see NASL, and no not that new one).

    Like the cap or not, it is a steady approach that has MLS treading the successful heights today.

    So I am missing the funny, which could apply to me missing your sarcasm. It’s the internet and “lol” is hard to read sometimes, plus it’s early in the morning.

  40. Fred
    August 2, 2012

    Aahhh. Makes sense now. Thanks.

  41. Daniel
    August 2, 2012

    MLS did this prior to Keane. Fabian Castillo of FCD for example.

  42. Santana
    August 2, 2012

    I want to see confirmation that the Revs actually bought Bengtson outright, because there were noises that this was just (yet another) a loan deal like Caraglio or Pepe Moreno.

  43. NE Matt
    August 2, 2012

    My Revs are either really shrewd or really cheap…I think I’ll go with the latter

  44. Marcus
    August 2, 2012

    Even though he’s arguably one of the best Italian centerbacks ever, I find it difficult to believe most teams in the world would pay more for one of the most injury-prone players i’ve ever seen, and one that doesn’t particularly put bums in seats. I think the fact that he took the contract proves as much…no one else was offering him more.

    That’s my take on it, and i’m unabashedly a Nesta fan.

  45. Scott e Dio93
    August 2, 2012

    I agree with McDonald is among most idiotic signing. Especially McDonald being such a failure as a forward in Belgium…Eurosnobs are laughing their asses off!

  46. Stephen
    August 2, 2012

    Couldn’t agree more, our front office must be full of geniuses. Garcia’s quality so far has been incredible. GREAT SIGNING ORANGE!

  47. Modibo
    August 2, 2012

    He made clear this is a one-year deal for him, for one thing, and he was trying to get away from his situation in the Bundesliga for another, where he’s been labeled – guess what? – injury-prone.

  48. jlm
    August 2, 2012

    OT: How much of a joke is the MLS logo? That might need to be updated…

  49. 19651
    August 2, 2012

    Maybe Nesta just wanted to try something different and him being independently wealthy from earing bank from AC Milan all those years + many endoursement deals lets the dude do what he wants.

  50. The Imperative Voice
    August 2, 2012

    When Birchall went back to Port Vale recently, before returning to MLS, when some issues hit I think he was willing to play for free. We tend to focus on money money money and assume it’s the motivation for everyone, but it’s not necessarily the story.

    Ching also took a half-salary paycut to come back to Houston. One thing that probably prevents that happening more often is the CBA and league rules, I think Ching was special dispensation.

    Maybe he just wants to be with a particular team and group of people at a particular time, and in Nesta’s case he doesn’t necessarily need the money, if he’s managed the nest egg right. Some of these athletes who need the money need it because they don’t control themselves buy the big house cars etc. and then need a high salary just to stay afloat. Hence the bankruptcies when they get hurt or retire.

  51. The Imperative Voice
    August 2, 2012

    The two best buys for value are the Hondurans, younger ages, quality players, no retirement league issues hopefully.

    However, both Bengston and Boniek are DPs which means that though the salaries are smaller the annual hit is still decent sized. Houston is paying $500K a year for two years for a Boniek fee. Which raises his overall cost to like $650K. In the new era of MLS paying transfer fees that has to be factored in, reflected in DP status.

    I also think players like Nesta are a good idea, we want more Henry-types who just want to be in the Americas (including Canada) playing soccer. You’re more likely to get a motivated player from that, than tossing money at free agents.

  52. Zac
    August 2, 2012

    And Saborio before that.

  53. DJ777
    August 2, 2012

    Maybe the Chicago fire owed the belgian club team a favor? who knows…

  54. Ang
    August 2, 2012

    Cahill was actually an excellent signing. Definitely still has a lot in the tank and really just wants to play in America and build up the league.

  55. Fuegofan
    August 2, 2012

    How is Friedrich a mid-season addition? He’s been with the Fire all season (signed in March).

  56. mike
    August 2, 2012

    my thoughts exactly

  57. otergod
    August 2, 2012

    i believe the transfer fee is added into his salary.

  58. Stan
    August 2, 2012

    Birchall blows

  59. otergod
    August 2, 2012

    transfer fee being added into it. whether or not that makes it acceptable i’m not sure. His resume certainly doesnt seem like someone who’d demand purchasing before his contract runs out. Only time will tell.

  60. Bart
    August 2, 2012

    Ale Bedoya

  61. Ryan
    August 2, 2012

    Dude has played like 15 minutes in MLS so far. Jeez. See what he can bring before you judge.

  62. Devin
    August 3, 2012

    It isn’t, only compensation is shown in salary.

  63. Devin
    August 3, 2012

    I think his deal is back-loaded (if thats the correct term). Basically, hes making 250k now, but next season he’ll be making an over DP salary amount.

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