TORONTO — Orlando's Kaka has retained his status as MLS' highest-paid player for the third straight season at US$7,167,500 while No. 2 Sebastian Giovinco heads up a Toronto trio of big-ticket designated players pulling down a combined $18.5 million this season.
The figures released Tuesday by the MLS Players Union include bonuses annualized over the term of the player's contract.
Giovinco's salary is listed at $7,115,555 while Toronto captain Michael Bradley is making $6.5 million and striker Jozy Altidore $4,875,000.
Striker Fredy Montero tops the Vancouver Whitecaps' salary list at $1.8 million ahead of midfielder Matias Laba ($885,500) and midfielder Brek Shea ($670,000).
Italian forward Matteo Mancoso is Montreal's top earner at $719,514 with Belgian defender Lauren Ciman second at $661,666. Argentine playmaker Ignacio Piatti is listed at a bargain $450,000.
German star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is making $5.4 million in his first year with the Chicago Fire.
New York City midfielder Andrea Pirlo ($5.6 million, $5,915,960) is third on the MLS salary list with teammate forward David Villa ($5.61 million) fourth, followed by Los Angeles Galaxy forward Giovani Dos Santos ($3.75 million, $5.5 million), Schweinsteiger, Altidore, Seattle forward Clint Dempsey ($3.2 million, $3,892,934), Portland midfielder Diego Valeri ($2,227,500, $2,607,500) and Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard ($2 million, $2,475,000).
Twenty-eight players have total compensation of $1 million or more, an increase of five from the initial list last year.
Others include Atlanta midfielder Miguel Almiron ($2,297,000), New York City midfielder Maxi Moralez ($2 million), Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan ($1,973,750), Chicago forward Nemanja Nikolic ($1,906,333), Montero, Seattle midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro ($1,743,429), Portland forward Fanendo Adi ($1,736,254), Colorado forward Shkelzen Gashi ($1,668,750), New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips ($1,635,000), Philadelphia midfielder Alejandro Bedoya ($1,197,250), Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso ($1,141,667), Portland midfielder Sebastian Blanco ($1,075,008), Columbus midfielder Federico Higuain ($1.05 million), Colorado forward Kevin Doyle ($1,045,000), Atlanta forward Josef Martinez ($1,041,310) and Portland forward Lucas Melano ($1.01 million).
Among Canadians in the league, Orlando midfielder Will Johnson is earning $450,000 with Orlando while teammate Cyle Larin, a forward, is at $192,000.
Toronto's Spanish playmaker Victor Vazquez is collecting $700,000 in is first year in the league. Fellow TFC newcomer Chris Mavinga, a French-born Congolese international defender, is making $300,691.
Mavinga, who has seen 65 minutes playing time this season, is listed as Toronto's highest-paid defender — ahead of defensive quarterback Drew Moor ($261,750).
TFC rookie Oyvnd Alseth is making $53,004.
With files from The Associated Press
The Canadian Press