Columbus Crew SC Release 2015 Salaries

The MLS players union released the salaries of every player today and we’ll have everything Crew SC covered for you.  For the rest of the league, you can follow this link.

The first thing that becomes apparent is that the minimum salary in the MLS continues to rise.  Gone are the days when players are making salaries that have to be supplemented by jobs in the offseason, with the league veteran minimum now set at $60,000 a hefty jump over the $48,000 or so that was the veteran minimum last season.  That has to be regarded as one of the most healthy signs for this still young league.

Next point to notice is that there are many more players making six figures than ever before.  For the Columbus Crew SC there are thirteen up from ten last season, with Ethan Finlay getting his salary almost doubled to $142,500.

Starting at goalkeeper, Steve Clark is making a nice salary at $188,333.33.

Across the starting backline against Chicago Wednesday night are Chad Barson with $60,000, Tyson Wahl with $99,666.67, Michael Parkhurst with $275,000, and Waylon Francis with $170,166.67.

The two starting defensive midfielders are both pretty well off, making $195,000 for Tony Tchani and $164,500 for Wil Trapp.

Now is when we get into the big money attackers.  No surprise Federico Higuain was leading the team, making $1,175,000.  Justin Meram and Ethan Finlay make $175,000 and $142,500 respectively.  The league leader in goals, Kei Kamara is second on the team in salary at $536,666.67.

Some other interesting notes, the new member of the Crew SC Cedrick Mabwati will make $253,749.96 and homegrown signing Ben Swanson will celebrate is 18th birthday tomorrow with a 2015 contract worth $80,416.67.

Other regulars in the lineup:

Aaron Schoenfeld: $60,000

Kristin Steindorsson: $119,437.50

Mohammed Saeid: $110,000

Hector Jimenez: $90,000

Emanuel Pogatetz: $262,500

Chris Klute: $87,802.09

All told the Columbus Crew SC are on the lower end of the salary spectrum thanks to having only one DP.  Teams like the L.A. Galaxy, Toronto, and NYCFC have more money wrapped up in two or three players than the Crew SC have in their entire roster.  Between Steven Gerrard, Giovani dos Santos, and Robbie Keane L.A. are spending slightly more than 14 million dollars.  Similar rosters will become common with the additional rules and more big spending clubs entering the league in the next few years.