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Vancouver Whitecaps out of MLS spending cellar (at least)

Ryan Gauld unsurprisingly tops Vancouver’s salary chart, but the Caps need more of some of their other highest-paid players

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Major League Soccer was abuzz with the news that a certain Argentine midfielder could play in the league sooner rather than later.

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“Andres (Cubas) is the Argentinian player (everyone) is talking about today; Messi is a second-tier player,” Vancouver Whitecaps coach Vanni Sartini said.

With apologies to Whitecaps fans hoping to see their new defensive midfielder fly out of Argentina this week – his visa approved, just waiting for his passport – most people were talking about the reports that Lionel Messi from the Paris St-Germain would arrive in MLS in 2023, as a player-owner with Inter Miami. The deal, which his agent has since deniedwould include 35% ownership of the club held by David Beckham.

“How does it work in terms of rules and everything? Salary cap, DP, co-owner, whatever… in any way, if it comes, it would be huge and massive for MLS,” Sartini said. “I mean, probably the best player of the last 15 years or probably one of the two between (him and) Cristiano Ronaldo. That would be huge. And that’s also OK for us, because Miami is in the other conference. .

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NEXT GAME

Wednesday

FC Dallas vs Vancouver Whitecaps

7 p.m., BC Place Stadium. TV: TSN. Radio: AM730


Sartini addressed the other news of the day – money – as the MLS Players Association released its semi-annual salary information.

The Whitecaps, 24th out of 27 teams last season, moved up to 18th in salary spend at $11.95 million, an increase of about $1 million from last season (all figures are in US dollars).

Atlanta’s inflated payroll of $20.99 million is the highest in the league, more than double that of Real Salt Lake’s roster, the most frugal team at $10.47 million. But in terms of dollars per point earned this season, the Five Stripes are one of the worst clubs, sitting seventh in the Eastern Conference with 15 points. By comparison, the Whitecaps’ Wednesday night opponents FC Dallas are one of the most effective – their $15.03 million cap is ninth in the league, but they are one of only two teams in the MLS with just one MLS loss and sit second in the West at 6-1-4.

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It’s once again confirmed that splashing out on high salaries – MLSPA’s information doesn’t include any transfer fees – doesn’t necessarily equal success. Shaqiri Xherdan, the league’s current highest-paid player, earns $8.15 million a year, nearly half the Chicago Fire’s payroll, but the Fire are last in the East (2- 5-4) with Xherdan providing two goals and two assists this season. And Chicago’s total number doesn’t even include Jairo Torres, the 21-year-old DP winger who came to Windy City on a $6 million transfer from La Liga MX club Atlas.

Lorenzo Insigne will likely win the highest-paid title when he joins Toronto FC later this year on $15 million a season, which would likely put the TFC in first place in team spending. They are currently eighth on the spending list ($15.21 million) while ranking 12th out of 14 teams at the conference table.

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The Whitecaps have splashed the cash and have some good value contracts on the books. Ryan Raposo ($114,000) is the co-leading scorer with two goals this season; Tosaint Ricketts earned his $84,000 with his winning match against Toronto alone; and Tristan Blackmon ($401,208) was the team’s top defender, but only the third-highest-paid centre-back.

Newcomer Seb Berhalter is the second-lowest paid midfielder behind Michael Baldisimo, but has started six of the Caps’ 10 games this year.

Even Ryan Gauld, the team’s highest-paid player at $2.27 million a year, looks like a decent comeback with the impact he’s had.

But there are outliers at the other end. As for added goals (+g), a statistic that measures a player’s contribution on the ball to attack and defense, Pedro Vite, Flo Jungwirth and Russell Teibert are all underperformers from a value perspective, near the bottom of their rankings. It should be noted that Vite is in his first season in MLS, and both Jungwirth and Teibert have unquantifiable impacts, such as leadership or communication.

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There are just eight non-DP players earning more than the MLS average of $438,728, with the latter figure jumping 10% from last year’s $397,753.

Cubas’ arrival – a date as yet undetermined, but of more immediate timing – will further increase the Caps payroll, as he will assume a “Max TAM” spot on the roster, with a salary not to exceed $1,612,500. .


2022 WHITECAPS SALARIES

Ryan Gauld: $2,265,000

Lucas Cavallini: $1,462,500

Christian Dajome: $815,625

Pedro Fast: $609,997

Florian Jungwirth: $592,667

Erik Godoy: $550,000

Caio Alexander: $539,583

Ranko Veselinovic: $490,500

Brian White: $456,000

* Janio Bikel: $438,750

Russell Teibert: $437,500

Leonard Owusu: $401,250

Tristan Blackmon: $401,208

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Deiber Caicedo: $331,125

Jake Nerwinski: $280,000

Cristian Gutierrez: $267,500

Thomas Hasal: $173,934

Sebastien Berhalter: $137,250

*Derek Cornelius: $127,050

*Evan Newton: $114,802

Ryan Raposo: $114,000

Michel Baldisimo: $109,178

Javan Brown: $97,481

* Kamron Habibullah: $94,882

*Damiano Pecile: $89,894

Marcus Godinho: $88,444

*Simon Colyne: $85,444

At Saint Ricketts: $84,000

Cody Cropper: $84,000

Matteo Campagna: $74,512

*David Egbo: $66,724

Isaac Boehmer: $65,500

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