Nashville SC player salaries revealed in MLSPA salary guide

The Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA) released the 2021 Salary Guide today. The guide is published annually (with the exception of the 2020 season) in an effort to provide transparency into player compensation. It also serves as an incredibly useful tool to assess how clubs build their rosters in MLS.

We’ll have much more on Nashville’s roster build in the coming days, as well as comparisons around the league. For now, here’s a breakdown of Nashville’s roster.

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PlayerPositionBase SalaryGuaranteed Compensation
Hany MukhtarM$1,505,000.00$1,505,000.00
David AccamF$975,000.00$1,102,916.00
Walker ZimmermanD$925,000.00$981,050.00
Jhonder CadizF$902,500.00$966,400.00
Miguel NazaritD$700,000.00$894,375.00
Anibal GodoyM$700,000.00$771,667.00
Dax McCartyM$725,000.00$725,000.00
Randall LealM$420,000.00$477,750.00
CJ SapongF$400,000.00$427,778.00
Dan LovitzD$385,000.00$415,556.00
Rodrigo PineiroM$250,000.00$347,500.00
Joe WillisG$300,000.00$316,250.00
Dominique BadjiF$300,000.00$306,250.00
Alex MuylM$240,000.00$246,563.00
Abu DanladiF$180,000.00$237,000.00
Dave RomneyD$225,000.00$225,000.00
Jalil AnibabaD$200,000.00$200,000.00
Daniel RiosF$140,000.00$161,500.00
Jack MaherD$115,000.00$149,000.00
Eric MillerD$147,000.00$147,000.00
Dylan NealisD$100,000.00$125,000.00
Taylor WashingtonD$89,513.00$89,513.00
Bryan MeredithG$81,375.00$87,375.00
Matt LaGrassaM$85,444.00$85,444.00
Handwalla BwanaM$85,444.00$85,444.00
Elliot PaniccoG$81,375.00$81,375.00
Brian AnungaM$81,375.00$81,375.00
Alistair JohnstonD$73,079.00$73,079.00
Luke HaakensonM$66,724.00$66,724.00
Nick HindsD$63,547.00$63,547.00
Robert CastellanosD$63,547.00$63,547.00

The 20 highest paid players in MLS are as follows:

PlayerTeamBase SalaryGuaranteed Compensation
Carlos VelaLAFC$4,500,000.00$6,300,000.00
Javier “Chicharito” HernándezLA Galaxy$6,000,000.00$6,000,000.00
Gonzalo HiguaínInter Miami$5,100,000.00$5,793,750.00
Alejandro PozueloToronto FC$3,800,000.00$4,693,000.00
Josef MartínezAtlanta United$3,500,000.00$3,891,667.00
Jozy AltidoreToronto FC$2,161,250.00$3,602,250.00
Rodolfo PizarroInter Miami$3,050,000.00$3,350,000.00
Maxi MoralezNYCFC$2,500,000.00$3,285,000.00
Victor WanyamaCF Montréal$2,400,000.00$3,091,667.00
Franco JaraFC Dallas$2,290,000.00$2,977,000.00
Jürgen LocadiaFC Cincinnati$2,500,000.00$2,812,500.00
Carles GilNew England Revolution$2,250,000.00$2,769,667.00
Nicolás LodeiroSeattle Sounders$2,120,000.00$2,736,667.00
Robert BerićChicago Fire$2,274,996.00$2,703,164.00
Luis NaniOrlando City$2,333,333.00$2,486,250.00
Gastón GiménezChicago Fire$2,058,000.00$2,358,667.00
Albert RusnákReal Salt Lake$2,150,000.00$2,351,667.00
Luciano AcostaFC Cincinnati$1,943,500.00$2,222,854.00
Alan PulidoSporting KC$2,200,000.00$2,200,000.00
Gustavo BouNew England Revolution$2,120,000.00$2,120,000.00

You can browse the full data here.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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