Friday, November 21, 2008

MLS Lowest Paid Player Statistics in 2008

All of these stats are from Major League Soccer players that made either $12,900 or $17,700 in annual salary in the 2008 season.

At Least 1000 minutes
2396 - Nick LaBrocca (COL)
1438 - Kosuke Kimura (COL)
1252 - Kheli Dube (NE)
1219 - Justin Braun (CHV)
1093 - Jonathan Leathers (KC)
1036 - Brandon McDonald (LA)

At Least 10 appearances
30 - Nick LaBrocca (COL)
24 - Justin Braun (CHV)
21 - Kheli Dube (NE)
20 - Stephen King (CHI)
18 - Luke Sassano (NY)
18 - Kosuke Kimura (COL)
16 - Brandon McDonald (LA)
15 - Jonathan Leathers (KC)
12 - Ely Allen (LA)
11 - John DiRaimondo (COL)
11 - Jorge Flores (CHV)
11 - Mike Banner (CHI)
10 - Steven Lenhart (CLB)

Goals
4 - Steven Lenhart (CLB)
4 - Justin Braun (CHV)
4 - Kheli Dube (NE)
3 - Jorge Flores (CHV)
2 - Adam Moffat (CLB)
2 - Stephen King (CHI)
2 - Nick LaBrocca (COL)
2 - Danleigh Borman (NY)
1 - John DiRaimondo (COL)
1 - Daniel Woolard (CHI)
1 - Joe Vide (DC)
1 - Kevin Souter (KC)
1 - Danny Cepero (NY)
1 - Matthew Mbuta (NY)
1 - Brandon McDonald (LA)
1 - Ely Allen (LA)
1 - Bryan Jordan (LA)
1 - Tino Nunez (RSL)
1 - Tyler Rosenlund (TFC)

Assists
4 - Kheli Dube (NE)
2 - Justin Braun (CHV)
1 - Stephen King
1 - Kraig Chiles (CHV)
1 - Keith Savage (CHV)
1 - Ryan Cordeiro (DC)
1 - Diego Jimenez (NY)
1 - Brandon McDonald (LA)
1 - Josh Tudela (LA)
1 - Ely Allen (LA)
1 - Bryan Jordan (LA)

Total 'Low-Paid' Minutes by Team
5178 - Colorado Rapids
2843 - Chivas USA
2728 - Los Angeles Galaxy
2461 - New York Red Bulls
1990 - Kansas City Wizards
1907 - New England Revolution
1645 - DC United
1543 - Chicago Fire
1152 - Columbus Crew
704 - Toronto FC
425 - San Jose Earthquakes
263 - Real Salt Lake
58 - FC Dallas
0 - Houston Dynamo

Playoff Appearances
3 - Diego Jimenez (NY)
3 - Luke Sassano (NY)
3 - Danny Cepero (NY)
2 - Mike Banner (CHI)
2 - Stephen King (CHI)
2 - Justin Braun (CHV)
2 - Jonathan Leathers (KC)
2 - Kevin Souter (KC)
2 - Kheli Dube (NE)
1 - Bobby Burling (CHV)
1 - Roberto Nurse (CHV)
1 - Daniel Woolard (CHI)
1 - Steven Lenhart (CLB)
1 - Matt Marquess (KC)
1 - Chris Tierney (NE)

The Best Eleven's Top 5 Low Paid Legends of 2008

Nick LaBrocca ($12,900) - The young midfielder actually played more minutes than any other player on the Colorado Rapids this season (and almost 1000 minutes more than the high-paid Christian Gomez, who made $430,000 this season).

Kheli Dube ($17,700) - Dube filled in nicely during Twellman and Cristman's injury absences and beyond for New England, with 4 goals and 4 assists in just over 1200 minutes.

Justin Braun ($12,900) - Justin led Chivas USA in Shots on Goal this season and was second on the team with 4 goals.

Luke Sassano ($17,700) - Luke became a valuable player for New York this season, including the playoffs, where he filled in very well for the injured Seth Stammler in the Red Bull's huge upset of Houston. Not bad for a guy who was playing for the San Jose Frogs a year ago.

Steven Lenhart ($12,900) - I could have chosen Leathers, McDonald, Kimura, Flores or a few others for the last slot, but Lenhart made my list on how productive his limited minutes for the Crew were. He only played about 3 full games in combined minutes (278 min) and still managed to knock in 4 goals in the regular season. He also managed a very important second half stoppage-time goal against Kansas City in the playoffs with only 7 minutes of playing time.


Just for Fun, According to Forbe's.com, America's Worst-Paying Jobs: (with Mean Annual Salary)
Fast Food Cook: $15,230
Bus Boy: $15,560
Dishwashers: $15,670
Waiters $15,980
Shampooers: $16,200
Gaming Dealers: $16,210
Cafeteria Attendants: $16,290
Restaurant Host/Hostess: $16,310
Usher/Ticket Taker: $16,770
Cashiers: $17,200


Here's an interesting article that Ives Galarcep wrote for ESPN over a year ago about the sacrifices many of these low-paid players have to make to be professional soccer players. (Link)

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