In Southern California, the money is in Major League Soccer, where the region’s two teams boast the two highest-paid players in the league. This is based on salary information released by the league’s players’ association on Thursday.

LAFC’s Carlos Vela has the highest guaranteed salary in MLS at $ 6.3 million and Galaxy’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernández has the highest base salary at $ 6 million. Vela’s base salary is $ 4.5 million.

Inter Miami’s Gonzalo Higuaín is the top paid player with a base salary of $ 5.1 million and guaranteed compensation of $ 5.794 million.

Toronto’s Jozy Altidore is the only American in the top 28 of the payroll. He is guaranteed $ 3.6 million. Seventy-two players will earn at least $ 1 million in guaranteed wages in 2021, up from 58 in 2019, the last year for which salary data is available.

Guaranteed compensation includes a player’s base salary and bonuses that are annualized over the life of the player’s contract, including option years. If a player has a multi-year contract with a signing bonus, the value of that bonus is divided by the duration of the contract and this value is included in the guaranteed reward number every year.

The average base salary for non-designated senior players is $ 398,725, more than double what it was five years ago.

The Galaxy also has the third highest team payroll at $ 16.8 million, followed by Inter Miami ($ 17.8 million) and Toronto ($ 17 million). LAFC ranks sixth with a base wage of $ 14.9 million.

After Hernández, the galaxy has two more millionaires in designated players Jonathan dos Santos ($ 2 million) and newly signed Kévin Cabral ($ 1.44 million), who will make his MLS debut against Austin FC on Saturday could give. The team has three other players earning more than $ 900,000 in guaranteed compensation – midfielders Samuel Grandsir and Sebastian Lletget, and defensemen Giancarlo González.

LAFC is paying Brian Rodríguez, currently on loan to Almeria from the Spanish Second Division, guaranteed money of $ 1.04 million. Diego Rossi, the reigning MLS champion, will earn $ 1.052 million. With Vela injured, the average base salary on the LAFC starting grid is $ 386,545, slightly below the league average.

Galaxy Salaries

Players with position, base salary and guaranteed compensation:

Nick DePuy D. $ 81,375.00 $ 81,375.00
Carlos Miguel Harvey DM $ 81,375.00 $ 81,375.00
Jonathan Klinsmann GK $ 81,375.00 $ 81,375.00
Eric Lopez GK $ 81,375.00 $ 81,375.00
Quay Koreniuk MF $ 85,444.00 $ 85,444.00
Justin From the Steeg GK $ 85,444.00 $ 85,444.00
Adam Saldana M. $ 81,375.00 $ 87,309.00
Marcus Ferkranus D. $ 90,000.00 $ 103,625.00
Jalen Neal D. $ 90,000.00 $ 103,625.00
Efrain Alvarez M. $ 110,004.00 $ 114,738.00
Cameron Dunbar F. $ 100,000.00 $ 116,750.00
Ethane Zubak F. $ 130,000.00 $ 133,125.00
Danilo Acosta D. $ 135,000.00 $ 135,000.00
Julian Araujo D. $ 140,000.00 $ 146,250.00
Jonathan Perez M. $ 125,000.00 $ 146,750.00
Onile Fisherman D. $ 140,000.00 $ 147,625.00
Sacha Pliers M. $ 247,350.00 $ 247,350.00
Daniel Steres D. $ 375,000.00 $ 393,750.00
winner Vazquez M. $ 400,000.00 $ 439,167.00
Jorge Villafaña D. $ 450,000.00 $ 486,667.00
Jonathan binding GK $ 450,000.00 $ 501,875.00
derrick Williams D. $ 750,000.00 $ 821,458.00
Giancarlo Gonzalez D. $ 850,000.00 $ 919,583.00
Sebastian Lletget M. $ 800,000.00 $ 923,750.00
Samuel Grow up MF $ 850,000.00 $ 938,427.00
Kevin Cabral F. $ 1,440,000.00 $ 1,440,000.00
Jonathan dos Santos M. $ 2,000,000.00 $ 2,000,000.00
Javier Hernández F. $ 6,000,000.00 $ 6,000,000.00

LAFC Salaries

Players with position, base salary and guaranteed compensation:

Cal Jennings F. $ 81,375.00 $ 81,375.00
Antonio Leone DM $ 81,375.00 $ 83,375.00
Danny Musovski F. $ 85,444.00 $ 85,444.00
Tomas Romero GK $ 81,375.00 $ 86,375.00
Bryce duke M. $ 90,000.00 $ 90,000.00
Christian Torres F. $ 79,738.00 $ 90,968.00
Mohamed Traore D. $ 91,444.00 $ 91,444.00
Erik Duenas D. $ 90,444.00 $ 92,444.00
Raheem Edwards DM $ 96,375.00 $ 96,375.00
Jordan Harvey D. $ 110,000.00 $ 110,000.00
Kwadwo Opoku F. $ 81,375.00 $ 122,430.00
Pablo Sisniega GK $ 150,000.00 $ 150,000.00
Marco Farfan D. $ 190,000.00 $ 190,000.00
Tristan Blackmon D. $ 193,000.00 $ 203,000.00
Eddie For sure D. $ 200,000.00 $ 224,000.00
Mark-Anthony Kaye M. $ 235,625.00 $ 247,188.00
Latif blessing M. $ 360,000.00 $ 376,667.00
Corey Baird F. $ 365,000.00 $ 396,031.00
Jose Cifuentes M. $ 367,875.00 $ 411,750.00
Diego Palacios D. $ 432,000.00 $ 456,000.00
Jesus Murillo D. $ 400,000.00 $ 459,500.00
Kim Moon-hwan DM $ 500,000.00 $ 524,000.00
Francisco Ginella M. $ 425,000.00 $ 547,250.00
Eduard Atuesta M. $ 550,000.00 $ 568,000.00
Kenneth Vermeer GK $ 750,000.00 $ 756,000.00
Brian Rodriguez F. $ 700,000.00 $ 1,039,800.00
Diego Rossi F. $ 1,000,000.00 $ 1,052,000.00
Carlos sailing F. $ 4,500,000.00 $ 6,300,000.00

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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