The MLS Players Association recently released its 2022 salary information for all 841 players. The most startling revelation from the Inter Miami roster:
Gonzalo Higuain, who has been relegated to the bench with two goals and one assist, is the league’s third-highest player with a base salary of $5.1 million while the club is spending just $84,000 in salary on starting striker Leo Campana, one of the league’s top scorers with seven MLS goals (eight counting U.S. Open Cup) and two assists.
Campana, 21, is on loan from English Premier League team Wolves, where he was due to make $1.3 million this season. Inter Miami is paying Wolves $84,000 for Campana ($135,680 with bonuses) and the English club covers the rest as part of the loan.
After Higuain, the highest-paid players on Miami’s roster are: DeAndre Yedlin ($800,000), Gregore ($700,000), Jean Mota ($700,000), Nick Marsman ($474,996), Kieran Gibbs ($370,000), Joevin Jones ($360,000), and Emerson Rodriguez ($315,000).
Regular starters earning less than $300,000 include: Robert Taylor ($252,000), Damion Lowe ($225,000), Christopher McVey ($199,992), Ariel Lassiter ($210,000), Robbie Robinson ($140,000), Drake Callender ($130,000), Bryce Duke ($120,000), Aime Mabika ($65,500), Ryan Sailor ($65,500).
The rest of the Miami roster: Victor Ulloa ($250,000), Brek Shea ($182,000), Mo Adams ($130,000), Clement Diop ($125,000), Jairo Quinteros ($85,000), Ian Fray ($84,000), George Acosta ($65,500), Noah Allen ($65,600), Edison Azcona ($65,500), CJ Dos Santos ($65,500), Felipe Valencia ($65,500).
Miami ranks third in MLS with a total guaranteed compensation of $17.55 million (salaries plus bonuses), but that figure includes millions of dollars being spent on players no longer on the roster. Blaise Matuidi continues to draw his $1.5 million salary, plus unspecified bonuses. Rodolfo Pizarro is on loan to Mexican club Monterrey, but Inter Miami is still responsible for some of his $3.35 million guaranteed compensation. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, on loan to River Plate in Argentina, is due $1.05 million this season, some of which is being covered by Inter Miami.
FIFA International Break
The soccer world is on a three-week FIFA international break, so Inter Miami’s next game is June 19 at Atlanta United. Five Miami players were called up to international duty with their national teams – Campana (Ecuador), Yedlin (USA), Lowe (Jamaica), Thomas (Finland), Azcona (Dominican Republic).
Campana reported to Ecuador’s camp in New Jersey on Sunday. He will play three games with the Ecuadorean team, including a June 11 friendly against Cape Verde at DRV PNK Stadium (7:30 p.m.).
Phil Neville on team fitness
As June approaches, the South Florida heat and humidity will reach their peak. Inter Miami coach Phil Neville feels his squad is in top fitness and can use the oppressive weather to its advantage. He credited the club’s performance department, led by director Dawn Scott, who was hired last November.
She previously worked as the Performance Manager for the English women’s national team, the head of Sport Science for the England women’s team, and spent 10 years with the U.S. women’s national team as High Performance Manager.
During her time with U.S. Soccer, the team reached three World Cups, winning two of them, and two Olympic Games (one gold medal).
Scott has also held roles with UEFA and FIFA; worked as part of the UEFA Fitness Advisory Group and served as a Technical Consultant for FIFA since April 2015.
“It’s incredible the number of minutes some of our players have had, it’s fantastic, we are fit team,” Neville said after Saturday’s 2-1 home win over the Portland Timbers. “We’ve got probably one of the best performance departments in the whole of MLS. We’ve invested a lot of money, the ownership backed me so much so me and Chris (Henderson) could bring in the best and we brought in the best. The teams we’ve played the past three, four, five weeks are some of the top teams and none that I think are miles better than us. We can compete with every team.”
Henderson played for the Miami Fusion in 2001 and told Neville that Inter Miami needs to use the weather to its advantage. “It’s our X factor,” Neville said.
Ronaldinho, Falcao at DRV PNK Stadium
DRV PNK Stadium will host “The Beautiful Game by R10 & RC3” on June 18, a celebrity soccer match organized by legends Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos. Among those scheduled to play: Argentine midfielder Paulo Dybala, Argentine defender Javier Mascherano, Colombian forward Radamel Falcao, Uruguayan defender Diego Lugano, Brazilian midfielder Elano and former NFL player and soccer enthusiast Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson. Tickets are available through TicketMaster.
This story was originally published May 30, 2022 12:50 PM.