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MLS salaries: Vancouver Whitecaps ranked second from bottom

The Major League Soccer Players’ Association released its league-wide database of 2019 player salaries on Tuesday. Overall, the Vancouver Whitecaps had the second lowest salary budget in the league ahead of the Houston Dynamo. 

The organization has been criticized for not spending, but at the same time, the Whitecaps were ninth when it comes to dollars spent per point in MLS. 

In total, the Whitecaps will spend $8,000,713 on salaries this season for an average salary of $275,886.66. Vancouver’s top earner this season is Fredy Montero. The Colombian will receive $968,000 in total compensation in 2019.

Midfielder Jon Erice is the Whitecaps second highest earner. The Spaniard will receive $752,364 in compensation this season. Meanwhile, Udinese loanee Ali Adnan will receive $547,333 by the time his loan is officially up later this month. 

Other standout numbers include Lucas Venuto’s salary. The Brazilian makes six times as much as Lass Bangoura. Unlike Venuto, however, Bangoura is on a loan deal, which might explain his lower salary. Meanwhile, starting goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau makes half of his backup Zac MacMath.

The Whitecaps are spending $107,000 less than they did last season. But it is unlikely that the current salary structure will remain in place for the rest of the season.

Whitecaps’ coach Marc Dos Santos would like to retain Ali Adnan, which certainly increase his overall compensation. The club have also been open about adding an additional player or two during the summer transfer window.

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