Toronto FC has a bigger payroll than almost half the teams in Major League Soccer -- $2.453 million US.
A list of salaries sent out by the Major League Soccer Players Union shows Toronto ahead of the 2006 MLS champions Houston Dynamo, which spent $2.292 million this season, and in front of perennial powerhouses New England and D.C., who spent $2.087 million and $2.166 million respectively.
In spite of the lavish spending, TFC has yet to win or record a goal in four league games to start the season.
Among TFC players, midfielder Carl Robinson is the highest paid at $315,000.
Joining Robinson in the high roller sector are midfielders Ronnie O'Brien ($258,750) and Andy Welsh ($204,750).
The top earners on the club are imports with the highest paid Canadian being team captain Jim Brennan, who will earn $158,000 this season.
First-round draft pick Maurice Edu earns $132,500.
A MLSPU official said that the salaries included signing and performance bonuses that were built into the contracts.
"The annual average guaranteed compensation number includes a player's base salary and all signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player's contract, including option years," union rep Bob Foose said. "For example, if a player has a base salary of $50,000, has a two-year contract with two one-year options and received a $10,000 bonus when he signed, his average annual guaranteed compensation would be $52,500."
The team with the highest payroll is the Los Angeles Galaxy at $9.179 million, but most of that is eaten up by the $6.5 million salary of David Beckham.
Beckham also is the highest-paid MLS player.
From the start of TFC's expansion season team officials have refused to release player salaries, saying it was part of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment policy.
Among the lowest-paid of the TFC players are Stephen Lumley, David Guzman and Joey Melo, all listed at the league minimum, $12,900.
Toronto FC traded midfielder Paulo Nagamura to Chivas USA yesterday for a first-round pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.
Nagamura came to Toronto FC from the Los Angeles Galaxy via the 2007 MLS expansion draft in November.
"We're sad to see Nagamura go," head coach Mo Johnston said. "But he wanted to go and now he's headed back to Los Angeles."
TORONTO FC SALARIES
Andrew Boyens D $47,500.00
Adam Braz D $74,950.00
Jim Brennan D $158,000.00
Edson Buddle F $150,000.00
Maycoll Canizalez M $40,000.00
Daniel Dichio F $158,125.00
Srdjan Djekanovic G $17,700.00
Maurice Edu M $132,500.00
Alecko Eskandarian F $175,500.00
Gabriel Gala M $12,900.00
Kevin Goldthwaite D $30,870.00
David Guzman M $12,900.00
Tyler Hemming M $17,700.00
Abdoulaye Ibrahim F $31,250.00
Andrea Lombardo F $17,700.00
Stephen Lumley D $12,900.00
Joey Melo M $12,900.00
Paulo Nagamura M $89,250.00
Ronnie O'Brien M $258,750.00
Chris Pozniak D $95,000.00
Marcos Reda D $105,000.00
Carl Robinson M $315,000.00
Greg Sutton GK $132,562.50
Andrew Welsh M $204,750.00
Marvell Wynne D $150,000.00
THE BIG 5
David Beckham $6.5
Cuanhtemoc Blanco $2.6
Juan Pablo Angel $1.5
Claudio Reyna $1.2
Landon Donovan $0.9
-- All figures in millions, US currency
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-- Figures in millions, US