MLS 2009: Bargain Buys

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MLS has an odd salary structure. Nobody who is objective can claim otherwise. While some players are fairly compensated most quite frankly are not. The following list provides us with a player per team that is likely to contribute more to the league this season than their salary would indicate. This list is a hodgepodge featuring young starts like Stuart Holden and Marvell Wynne, US National Team vets like Eddie Lewis and Frankie Hejduk, journeymen like Eric Denton, young foreign stars like Freddy Montero and late game snipers like Abe Thompson.


Bargain MLS buys at $200,000 guaranteed compensation and under:

CHICAGO:

Jon Busch   $ 106,000

Bush who was significant improvement over Matt Pickens is a bargain especially for a team that is overpaying a handful of players.

CHIVAS USA:

Dan Kennedy  $50,000

Anytime you can get a keeper who has played in South America so cheap it’s a steal. Kennedy has seen more technical attacking play and more tactical management than he will in MLS. In his first full MLS season he will likely be ahead of the curve.

COLUMBUS:

Frankie Hejduk  $175,000

Guys with 82 international caps and four years Bundesliga experience and having been selected to  three World Cup squads don’t come this cheap. Call it a steal!

COLORADO

Omar Cummings  $ 73,750

A solid attacking player whose career for club and country is on the upswing.

FC DALLAS

Kenny Cooper $108,000

One of the best American born attacking players on the planet makes less than half Justin Mapp’s salary. That’s MLS logic for you.

DC UNITED

Greg Janicki   $34,000

The former PDL and USL-2 defender is in MLS at a bargain price. Sure beats chasing down Gonzalo’s in South America.

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HOUSTON

Stuart Holden  $34,728

I certainly hope the CBA is much improved after this year because it is difficult to take MLS serious as a professional football league when a player of Holden’s quality and pedigree (he did play with a Premier League club and has been a consistent part of the US Youth team setup) can make such an insultingly low salary.

And you wonder why so many young Americans skip MLS entirely and go overseas from the get go?

KANSAS CITY

Abe Thompson  $ 63,625

I’ll admit this one is a stretch but the Wizards seem to be a high salary, mediocre quality team so I had to pick someone!

LOS ANGELES

Eddie Lewis    $ 165,722

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  1. Pepe March 13, 2009
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