Ranking: ¿Quién destronó a Chicharito como el mejor pagado de la MLS?

Checa el ranking de la Asociación de Jugadores de la MLS para desubrir quién es ahora el jugador mejor pagado de la MLS.

Ya tenemos el ranking actualizado de los futbolistas mejor pagados de la MLB y hay una mala noticia para Chicharito Hernández. Un jugador acaba de destronarlo de su posición como el mejor pagado en la liga.

¿Quién se llevó su lugar? Checa el ranking de la Asociación de Jugadores de la MLS para desubrir quién es ahora el jugador mejor pagado de la MLS.

Xherdan Shaqiri is the highest-paid player in MLS

The 30-year-old Swiss star will make upwards of $8 million guaranteed this season

New Chicago Fire signing Xherdan Shaqiri is the highest-paid player in MLS with a guaranteed compensation of $8.2 million, according to data published on Tuesday by the MLS Players Association.

The Swiss international joined Chicago in February from French side Lyon, signing a contract through 2024.

Shaqiri beat out LA Galaxy star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who came in second on the list with a guaranteed compensation of $6m. The rest of the top five was rounded out by Inter Miami’s Gonzalo Higuaín ($5.8m), Toronto FC’s Alejandro Pozuelo ($4.7m) and Jozy Altidore of the New England Revolution ($4.3m).

All of the salary data is current as of April 15, meaning Toronto FC’s big-money acquisition of Lorenzo Insigne from Napoli is not included. When Insigne arrives in midseason, he will reportedly smash Shaqiri’s mark by making roughly $15 million per year.

When it comes to total team spending, Atlanta United has the highest payroll, spending almost $21 million on guaranteed compensation for its players. Real Salt Lake has the lowest team payroll at $10.5m.

The Players Association also spotlighted an 11th-straight season of salary growth, with the average base salary for senior roster non-Designated Players growing from $397,753 in 2021 to $438,728 in 2022.

Highest-paid MLS players by guaranteed compensation

  1. Xherdan Shaqiri – $8.2 million
  2. Javier Hernandez – $6 million
  3. Gonzalo Higuaín – $5.8 million
  4. Alejandro Pozuelo – $4.7 million
  5. Jozy Altidore – $4.3 million (includes buyout from Toronto FC)
  6. Josef Martínez – $4.1 million
  7. Carlos Vela – $4 million
  8. Luiz Araújo – $3.9 million
  9. Lucas Zelarayán – $3.7 million
  10. Carles Gil – $3.6 million

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Arriola dedicates goal to ailing mother-in-law: This could be the last time she sees me play

The forward was emotional after the game, saying that his mother-in-law is dying of cancer

FC Dallas star Paul Arriola dedicated his goal against the LA Galaxy to his cancer-stricken mother-in-law, saying after the game that it could have been the last time she ever sees him play.

Arriola revealed a shirt that said “F––– CANCER” after his goal and, in an emotional interview after the game, said his mother-in-law is dying of the disease.

“My mother-in-law is dying of cancer,” Arriola told reporters. “Today could be the last time she ever sees me play. For me, it was tough but I wanted to send a message. Not only to her, but to everybody, to just keep fighting.”

Arriola scored the second goal for FC Dallas in a 3-1 away win, with his fellow USMNT forward Jesus Ferreira getting the other two goals.

The win pushed FC Dallas into second place in the Western Conference, with the club having six wins, four draws and one loss in its opening 11 matches.

Brian Schmetzer thinks Cristian Roldan deserves more of a USMNT shot

After another masterful display, the Sounders boss said he hoped Gregg Berhalter is paying attention

After another masterful performance by Cristian Roldan on Sunday, Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer implored his U.S. national team counterpart Gregg Berhalter to give the midfielder more of a shot.

Roldan scored a worldie against Minnesota United, and added an assist and a drawn penalty in a 3-1 win.

The 26-year-old has been an ever-present for the Sounders since he was drafted in 2015, becoming one of the best and most versatile midfielders in MLS.

Roldan has earned 31 caps with the USMNT but is clearly behind several players in Berhalter’s midfield hierarchy. He made just five appearances in the USMNT’s 14 World Cup qualifiers this cycle, all of which came from the bench.

With the World Cup approaching and Roldan appearing to be squarely on the roster bubble, Schmetzer had a message for Berhalter after Sunday’s game.

“Cristian has been doing that for a long, long time, and we are grateful,” Schmetzer told reporters. “We as coaches never overlook all the small details that he brings to the team and the game. He causes penalties because his movement is aggressive inside the penalty box. He attacks the prime assist zone well, he just puts himself in harm’s way at times. So that’s just part of who he is. And today was another good performance that I hope other people – not just the fans and us – I hope people are paying attention.”

If there was any doubt who the “people” were in this instance, Schmetzer made it abundantly clear a bit later.

“My earlier comment about making sure that people were watching was specific to a group of people, in case you guys didn’t catch that,” he said. “I think Cristian is very valuable in his tactical acumen, his physical contributions and you know, the guy’s a winner. The guy wants to win, hates to lose. I think sometimes he borders on that. He doesn’t like losing. And that is something that I think is a good quality to have. So the competitiveness is there, his determination.

“We might play a little different than Gregg, we try and attack the prime assist zone maybe a little bit more often. And then look, the goal he scored, he’s done that in years past, he’s had a couple of goals from outside of the box as well. So again, he’s been a great player for us. And wherever his final outcome is with the national team, I keep my fingers crossed.”

Watch Roldan’s goal vs. MN United

Sorteo U.S. Open Cup: LA Galaxy se enfrentará a LAFC en la ronda de los 16

El sorteo para la ronda de los 16 de la U.S. Open Cup acaba de generar otro capítulo para El Tráfico. El jueves en la noche, U.S. Soccer condujo el sorteo para el torneo en ESPN’s Fútbol Americas, en donde LA Galaxy y Los Angeles FC se juntarán para …

El sorteo para la ronda de los 16 de la U.S. Open Cup acaba de generar otro capítulo para El Tráfico.

El jueves en la noche, U.S. Soccer condujo el sorteo para el torneo en ESPN’s Fútbol Americas, en donde LA Galaxy y Los Angeles FC se juntarán para un enfrentamiento colosal a finales de este mes.

Tomando como base una geografía bastante laxa para la formación de los pares, antes del sorteo, los 16 últimos equipos se dividieron en cuatro grupos de cuatro. Con 13 equipos de la MLS atravesando una cuarta ronda que no provocó ningún disgusto en divisiones más bajas, cada grupo tiene al menos tres equipos de la MLS (el cuadrante del NE es completamente de la MLS).

Los partidos que resultaron del sorteo serán bastante intrigantes, pero ninguno captará más atención que El Tráfico, cuando el Galaxy reciba al LAFC en el Dignity Health Sports Park. Cada vez que estos rivales se enfrentan, siempre llegan a los titulares, y un partido de copa como este, promete ser bastante especial.

En el otro lado del país, los fans tendrán otra rivalidad acérrima cuando Orlando City se enfrente al Inter Miami en una dura batalla para poder presumir la supremacía de Florida. Orlando recibirá a los Herons y, según el diagrama presentado por U.S. Soccer, el ganador del partido asegurará un partido de cuartos de final como local.

Todos aquellos que sean neutrales tendrán puestos los ojos en los otros tres lados de la MLB: Louisville City y Sacramento Republic avanzarán sobre los clubes del USL Championship, Detroit City y Phoenix Rising, respectivamente. La historia de la Cenicienta, hasta este momento, es la del campeón defensor de la Liga USL, Union Omaha. Omaha avanzó al derrotar a otro club de la League One cuando venció a Northern Colorado Hailstorm por 2-0.

Del trío, dos tuvieron la buena fortuna de tener un juego como local. Louisville recibirá al Nashville SC en el Lynn Family Stadium, mientras que Sacramento recibirá a los San Jose Earthquakes en el Heart Health Park. Mientras tanto, Omaha viajará hacia el norte para enfrentarse al Minnesota United.

Resultados del sorteo de la ronda de los 16 para el U.S. Open Cup

Todos los partidos se jugarán el miércoles 25 de mayo

New York Red Bulls vs. Charlotte FC – 8 p.m. Hora del este

NYCFC vs. New England Revolution – 7:30 p.m. Hora del este

Orlando City vs. Inter Miami – 7 p.m. Hora del este

Louisville City vs. Nashville SC – 7 p.m. Hora del este

Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo – 8:30 p.m. Hora del este

Minnesota United vs. Union Omaha – 8 p.m. Hora del este

LA Galaxy vs. LAFC – 10:30 p.m. Hora del este

Sacramento Republic vs. San Jose Earthquakes – 10:30 p.m. Hora del este

(los equipos locales se mencionan primero)

 

Artículo traducido por Ana Lucía Toledo

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Sporting KC credits Chiefs stars Mahomes and Kelce for Open Cup comeback

Sporting KC was down two goals when the crowd was given a jolt by Chiefs stars showing up on the big screen

Sporting Kansas City was down two goals in the second half of Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup match against FC Dallas, but there were some secret weapons lurking in the crowd.

Kansas City Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Marquez Valdes-Scantling were all in attendance and when the players were shown on the big screen, the entire shape of the match started to change.

Sporting KC suddenly burst into life, scoring two goals to tie the match and then adding two more in extra time to win 4-2 and advance to the Open Cup round of 16.

Was it a coincidence that the comeback started after the Chiefs stars’ presence was made clear? Maybe not.

Salloi wasn’t the only Sporting KC player who felt that way.

“It definitely helps that they were there,” forward Khiry Shelton told reporters after the game. “A lot of people don’t really know that they come to our games.

“The crowd started going crazy and then we’re on the field chatting to one another like let’s go, let’s go. It’s for us. This game is for us.”

Mahomes buys stake in Sporting KC

Mahomes, of course, is not just a Sporting KC fan. The superstar quarterback is also a part-owner of the MLS club, joining the ownership group last July.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join Sporting Kansas City’s ownership team and strengthen my connection to the fans and the city I love,” Mahomes said at the time.

“Sporting is a community-oriented club and I am excited to continue supporting the growth of soccer in Kansas City.”

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U.S. Open Cup draw: LA Galaxy plays LAFC in round of 16

U.S. Soccer conducted the Round of 16 draw for this year’s Open Cup tonight on Fútbol Americas. Find the results here.

The draw for the U.S. Open Cup’s Round of 16 has produced another chapter of El Tráfico.

US Soccer conducted the draw for the tournament tonight on ESPN’s Fútbol Americas, with the LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC paired up for a massive clash later this month.

Ahead of the draw, the final 16 teams were separated out into four groups of four, maintaining a loose geographic basis for the pairings. With 13 MLS teams going through in a Fourth Round that saw no lower-division upsets, each group has at least three MLS teams (with the Northeast quadrant being an all-MLS affair).

The draw threw up some intriguing pairings, but none will draw more attention than El Tráfico, as the Galaxy will host LAFC at Dignity Health Sports Park. The rivals are a huge story any time they meet, and a one-off cup match promises to be something special.

On the other side of the country, fans will get another heated rivalry, as Orlando City and Inter Miami will battle for bragging rights in Florida. Orlando will host the Herons, with the winner of that game being assured of a home quarterfinal by the bracket set up by U.S. Soccer.

All of the Round of 16 matches will be played on May 24-25, with U.S. Soccer expected to announce dates and times Friday morning.

Neutrals will have their eyes on the three remaining non-MLS sides, with Louisville City and Sacramento Republic advancing over fellow USL Championship clubs Detroit City and Phoenix Rising, respectively. The Cinderella story at this point is the defending USL League One champions, Union Omaha. Omaha advanced past another club from League One, beating the Northern Colorado Hailstorm 2-0.

Of the trio, two got the good fortune of a home game. Louisville will host Nashville SC at Lynn Family Stadium, while Sacramento will have the San Jose Earthquakes as their guests at Heart Health Park. Omaha, meanwhile, will head north to take on Minnesota United.

U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 draw results

New York Red Bulls vs. Charlotte FC

NYCFC vs. New England Revolution

Orlando City vs. Inter Miami

Louisville City vs. Nashville SC

Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo

Minnesota United vs. Union Omaha

LA Galaxy vs. LAFC

Sacramento Republic vs. San Jose Earthquakes

(home teams listed first)

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ESPN finally did a U.S. Open Cup whip-around show and it was a hit

The show achieved something rare in the age of social media: everyone loved it!

The U.S. Open Cup can be wildly exciting and, at the same time, extremely hard to follow.

For instance, on Wednesday night there were 10 Open Cup games taking place, with most of them overlapping in some way. Even with all the screens in the world, no one human could possibly keep track of all of the key moments from all the games. For years, fans had been crying out for a way to follow all of the Open Cup action in one centralized place.

The Futbol Americas crew finally sorted that out on Wednesday, and their whip-around show seemed to achieve something bordering on the impossible in the social media age: Everyone loved it.

Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar hosted the Futbol Americas U.S. Open Cup Goalcast on ESPN Plus, doing the lord’s work by staying on the air for more than seven hours while round-of-32 games took place from coast to coast.

Gomez and Salazar brought in players from games that just finished as guests, as well as Open Cup luminaries like John Harkes, Sebastien Le Toux and Brad Evans.

The pair facilitated a relaxed atmosphere that included bathroom breaks, eating and texting on air – the kind of events viewers don’t normally see but are required when on the air for longer than a cross-country flight.

For years, fans have been wondering how to increase the Open Cup’s popularity. As a tournament featuring teams from the amateur ranks all the way to MLS, the unpredictability and natural underdog stories that emerge should be appealing to the same country that devours Cinderella stories every March in college basketball.

The Futbol Americas crew won’t make the Open Cup a marquee event on their own, but Wednesday’s show was undoubtedly a step in the right direction.

Seattle Sounders uncertain of Club World Cup allocation boost from MLS

The CONCACAF champions don’t know if MLS will give them any kind of a financial boost

The Seattle Sounders are not sure whether MLS will bolster their ability to spend after their CONCACAF Champions League victory gained them a spot in the next FIFA Club World Cup.

MLS has for years hoped a team would break through and win the Champions League, and after a decade of heartbreak got their wish as the Sounders knocked off Liga MX’s Pumas 5-2 on aggregate last week. That means that Seattle will do something no MLS club has ever had to do: play in the next Club World Cup, potentially setting up a competitive match against a giant club from Europe or South America.

Historically, the league has given Champions League qualifiers an extra pile of allocation money to bolster their squad for the higher-level competition. The Club World Cup is the next step up the ladder, but according to Jeremiah Oshan at Sounder at Heart, the Sounders currently don’t know whether MLS will follow that precedent.

The issues are twofold here. MLS has never had a team get into this situation, so they haven’t had to pass any internal rules on the topic before. The adjustments the league has made for its Champions League qualifiers include extra allocation funds, an earlier preseason start date, and a willingness to reschedule league games so its top teams don’t have to prioritize continental play over MLS matches.

Secondly, it’s not even clear when FIFA will hold the Club World Cup, or what the structure will be. Plans to hold the 2021 edition in China included an expanded 24-team field, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced a postponement. FIFA has not announced plans on when the next Club World Cup will be held, much less whether the changed tournament format will be maintained, altered, or scrapped entirely.

Nashville SC’s Soccer Moses is letting his people goal

The third-year MLS club has been led from the desert to brand-new Geodis Park

Up in the stands at Nashville SC’s brand-new Geodis Park, a soccer prophet looks around at the sparkling new facility and believes he has reached the promised land.

Stephen Mason is not hard to miss in the crowd. Decked out in full-on Moses regalia, Mason has become a cult figure for the third-year MLS franchise.

In an interview with The Tennessean, Mason explained that the idea for the character came when a friend saw Nigeria’s Victor Moses score a goal at the 2018 World Cup, causing him to exclaim: “Let my people goal!”

Mason put the phrase on a T-shirt, and it caught on from there: “It started as a joke and then it got carried away,” he said.

Also, it should be noted that Soccer Moses can absolutely shred.

That’s because in addition to being a barber and a celebrity soccer fan, Mason is also a founding member of the popular Christian rock group Jars of Clay.

Witnessing the opening of Geodis Park earlier this month, Mason said he felt like he and the club had been led out of the desert.

“You fast-forward three, long years in the wilderness, and we ended up at the promised land,” he said. “I’m feeling really grateful for the people alongside in this journey that’ve supported the club, the community around it and watched it grow to where we are today.”

Read Drake Hills’ full story on The Tennessean