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Wide gaps in MLS salaries are difficult to defend

Wide gaps in MLS salaries are difficult to defend

When Galaxy defender Daniel Steres played Orlando City midfielder Kaka at the StubHub Center last month, it was a mismatch.

Steres, a rookie, will earn a league minimum base salary of $62,500 this season. Kaka, a former world player of the year with two World Cups on his resume, is guaranteed $7.167 million, making him the highest paid player in MLS history.

So what did Orlando City get for its extra $7.1 million?

Not much. Steres, a defender, played more minutes, had more touches, made more passes and even outshot Kaka, an attacking midfielder, in a 4-2 Galaxy win. There’s little correlation between salary and the scoresheet this year in MLS, where attackers...

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