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In case you were wondering, Tim Cahill makes more than you do

Oct 4, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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The MLS Players Union updated salaries for some late-season signings and, well, damn it feels good to be so freaking good at soccer.

Case in point: Tim Cahill, who is raking in a cool $3.5 million per year to hang out in New York City and play a sport he loves. We totally missed the boat on this whole career choice thing.

Elsewhere, Columbus Crew sensation Federico Higuain is making $160,000 (but $324,000 in guaranteed compensation), which is about $7 for every totally sweet thing he does on the field.

(Serious question: Who would you rather have? Cahill at $3.5 million if you’re the money-flowing Red Bulls — who are also dishing out $142k for Lloyd Sam — or Higuain at $324,000 if you’re Columbus?)

Marcus Hahnemann, the Seattle Sounders new goalkeeper all the way from England, seems to get the short straw, making just $60,000. But honestly, he just wants to hang out and ride around on his sweet trucks, so we imagine he’s good with whatever. Can he get paid in tires? He’s the best, seriously.

Soccer Insider has plenty more specifics on Ricardo Clark, Marcus Tracy (deal!), Juan Toja, and more. So get over there, yo.

  1. whordy - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    In case anyone was wondering how many daily MLS highlights/mentions 3.5 Million gets the MLS on Sportscenter, it’s still zero.

  2. dws110 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I wasn’t, but thanks for distracting me from the coversheets for these TPS reports. Sigh.

  3. tylerbetts - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Ummm … that can’t be a serious question. I know I’m biased but Higuain or Cahill with the vast difference in salaries? It’s Higuain all day. Twice on matchday.

    I get the multi million dollar deals for DPs like Henry or Becks who move the needle, get you attention, sell merchandise, and help you win. I don’t get it for a player like Cahill, when you could find a better, younger DP for a lot cheaper.

    It’s been said before, but Higuain is exactly what a DP should be – impactful, makes the team better, gets fans genuinely excite about the team, and isn’t crippling to the budget. At least, he’s what a DP should be if you can’t afford the Henry, Beckham, or Drogba type of DPs.

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