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CF Montreal: Three Takeaways from MLSPA Salary Release

Some surprises, some not so much.

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CF Montreal seem to have a balanced team as the new MLSPA salaries have been released. A few things to keep in mind as we go over the numbers:

All data is as of April 15, 2022, so it doesn’t include already announced acquisitions — such as Toronto FC’s signing of forward Lorenzo Insigne from Napoli — that will arrive when the summer transfer window opens on July 7.

The MLSPA said the average base salary for senior roster non-Designated Players increased from $397,753 in 2021 to $438,728 in 2022, an increase of 10.3 percent. This figure doesn’t include players making the senior minimum ($84,000) or reserve minimum ($65,500) salaries.

Without further hype, here is the list in full, I will highlight the three takeaways I found most intriguing.

1 Victor Wanyama Highest Earner

A just inclusion here as the star midfielder is at $3,091,667 in total compensation and has deserved it He has been a key player for Nancy in the side and he’s being paid like it. No issues there and in a salary cap you want/need your high earners to make a difference on the pitch.

2 Mihailovic Djordje and Ismael Kone are probably underpaid

Miha checks in at $751,875 in total comp while new man and breakout star Kone, is at $68,125. It is normal especially in cap sports that the players can outperform contracts rather quickly and in Miha’s case he has done so for a year or so. Kone being more recent bares in that he can and will get a new deal as soon as next year if he continues.

3 Team is mostly well balanced

Whether it’s the Canadian National Team player or true MLS vets or even a former CPL player like Joel Waterman, the team is built quite solid. No superstar name, but that has not hurt them in the standings as they sit second.

What are your thoughts on the release?