Show me the green: Austin FC 2022 player salaries

If you are into the dollars and cents of Austin FC, feast your eyes on the 2022 player salaries provided by Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA).

The payroll data includes base salary and guaranteed compensation, but not performance bonuses or club transfer fees, for Major League Soccer (MLS) players under contract with ATXFC as of April 15, 2022.

For comparison purposes, the average base salary for a senior roster non-DP player in the salary-capped league is $438,728 in 2022. If want to go down the rabbit hole, view the entire MLSPA compensation database of all 841 players under contract with MLS.

Originally tweeted by MLSPA [@MLSPA] on May 17, 2022

Salaries for New Austin FC Players in 2022

In the offseason leading up to 2022, there was plenty of roster turnover.

Austin FC declined the contract or waived seven players. (Jared Stroud was re-signed among this group.) Matt Besler also retired right after the 2021 season ended. Finally, the loan options for Manny Perez and Sebastian Berhalter were not exercised.

To add more depth and talent for a playoff run in 2022, Austin’s front office signed eight new players:

  • Ruben Gabrielsen – $950,000
  • Maxi Urruti – $661,250
  • Jhojan Valencia – $400,125
  • Ethan Finlay – $350,000
  • Kipp Keller – $96,500
  • Felipe Martins – $84,000
  • Charlie Asensio – $65,500
  • Damian Las – $65,500

In addition, current players saw their wages rise anywhere from $0 to $545,000 in 2022. (Alex Ring received a $500K+ pay raise when he re-signed as a designated player in the offseason.)

2022 Austin FC Player Salary Table (by highest guaranteed $)

First Name Last Name PositionBase SalaryGuaranteed Compensation
SebastianDriussiF$2,200,000$2,317,000
CecilioDominguezF$1,530,000$1,736,000
AlexanderRingM$1,500,000$1,640,000
RubenGabrielsenD$950,000$950,000
DannyHoesenF$650,000$716,667
MaximilianoUrrutiF$625,000$661,250
TomasPochettinoM$525,000$585,000
MoussaDjitteF$550,000$550,000
DiegoFagundezM$450,000$450,000
JhohanRomanaD$440,000$440,000
RodneyRedesF$412,500$412,500
JhojanValenciaM$355,000$400,125
EthanFinlayM$350,000$350,000
NickLimaD$350,000$350,000
JulioCascanteD$310,000$337,500
AndrewTarbellGK$300,000$308,333
ZanKolmanicD$300,000$300,000
HectorJimenezM$200,000$200,000
BradStuverGK$175,000$185,000
JonGallagherF$155,000$155,000
DanielPereiraM$84,000$102,258
KippKellerD$84,000$96,500
FelipeMartinsM$84,000$84,000
JaredStroudM$84,000$84,000
OwenWolffM$65,500$78,553
FreddyKleemanD$66,724$66,724
WilliamPulisicGK$66,724$66,724
CarlosAsensioD$65,500$65,500
DamianLasGK$65,500$65,500
Total$12,993,448$13,754,134
Source: Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA), May 17, 2022

Overall, Austin FC’s total guaranteed wage bill increased by about $4.7 million compared to April 2021. A substantial portion of that increase was Driussi’s salary when he was signed during the 2021 summer transfer window, who now looks like a steal when you compare his output in 2022 to the highest-paid footballers in the league (see below).

Compared to other MLS clubs, Verde & Black ranks 13th in total roster spending.

Top 5 Highest Paid MLS Players in 2022

Of course, we couldn’t help ourselves when looking through the MLSPA salary database to find the most outrageously-paid MLS players:

1. Xherdan Shaqiri – $8.2M

2. Chicharito – $6M

3. Gonzalo Higuain – $5.8M

4. Alejandro Pozuelo – $4.7M

5. Jozy Altidore – $4.3M

We’ll take our highest earner Sebastian Driussi over that lot any day.

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