Get that green: Austin FC 2021 player salaries

If you are into the dollars and cents of Austin FC, feast your eyes on the 2021 player salaries provided by Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA).

The latest release of payroll data includes base salary and guaranteed compensation (signing and guaranteed bonuses are annualized), but not performance bonuses or club transfer fees, for MLS players under contract as of April 15, 2021. 

When asked about these payroll numbers in a recent media interview, Head Coach Josh Wolff questioned their accuracy and was unsure what these amounts included.

For comparison purposes, the average base salary for senior roster non-DP players in MLS is $398,725 in 2021. If curiosity gets the better of you, view the entire MLSPA compensation database of all 786 players under contract with Major League Soccer.

2021 Player Salary Highlights (guaranteed $)

  • Top three highest paid players: Cecilio Dominguez ($1.7 mil), Alex Ring ($1.1 mil.), and Danny Hoesen ($716,667).
  • Bottom three lowest paid players: Aedan Stanley ($63,500), Will Pulisic ($63,500), and Freddy Kleeman ($63,500).
  • Austin FC’s second designated player (DP), Tomas Pochettino, earns $642,447.
  • Key contributors Brad Stuver (goalkeeper) and Jared Stroud (midfielder) earn $160,000 and $81,375, respectively.
  • Dani Pereira, Austin FC’s first pick in the SuperDraft, earns $99,793.
  • Two players have since been loaned out: Freddy Kleeman (to USL’s Birmingham Legion) and Brady Scott (to USL’s Memphis 901 FC).

Austin FC Player Salary Table (by highest guaranteed $)

First NameLast NamePositionBase SalaryGuaranteed Compensation
CecilioDominguezM$1,530,000$1,736,000
AlexanderRingM$1,000,000$1,095,000
DannyHoesenF$650,000$716,667
MattBeslerD$650,000$650,000
TomasPochettinoM$582,447$642,447
JhohanRomanaD$420,000$420,000
DiegoFagundezM$400,000$400,000
RodneyRedesF$385,000$385,000
NickLimaD$350,000$350,000
JulioCascanteD$290,000$317,500
AndrewTarbellGK$275,000$283,333
UlisesSeguraM$240,000$269,125
BenSweatD$250,000$250,000
HectorJimenezM$250,000$250,000
ZanKolmanicD$225,000$225,000
AaronSchoenfeldF$210,000$210,000
BradStuverGK$150,000$160,000
BradyScottGK$115,000$121,236
DannyPereiraM$81,375$99,793
JaredStroudM$81,375$81,375
KekutaMannehF$81,375$81,375
JonGallagherF$81,375$81,375
AedanStanleyD$63,547$63,547
WilliamPulisicGK$63,547$63,547
FreddyKleemanD$63,547$63,547
Total$8,488,588$9,015,867
Source: Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA), April 15, 2021

Overall, Austin FC has the second lowest payroll among the 27 MLS clubs, with total annualized guaranteed compensation of approximately $9 million. Since transfer fees and other bonuses are not included in this payroll, it’s hard to compare it to Austin FC’s total salary budget for 2021, which we estimated to be $11.7 million.

Which player’s salary surprises you most?

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