Weekly Soccer Column: MLS Officiating, Landon Donovan on the spot & MLS Player Salaries Released

Read the column here.

And, as a follow-up, the Professional Referees Organization analyzes the two calls discussed in the column  — and the differences between them — here.

Meanwhile, the MLS Players Union has released its annual salary survey for the year.

Among the findings: Chivas USA is paying Canadian defender Ante Jazic more than $132,000 this year NOT to play, while goalkeeper Dan Kennedy’s new contract makes him the club’s highest paid player at $192,000 annually.

How much can a young American player expect to get paid with the Galaxy?

Well, Charlie Rugg is collecting a little over $35,000 this year, Inglewood’s Joseph Villarreal is on $48,000, Jack McBean gets double that ($101,000) while Hawthorne’s Gyasi Zardes tops them all with $173,000.

The Galaxy’s Robbie Keane is MLS’ top earner ($4.3 million), while Landon Donovan is fourth on that list at $2.5 million.

The complete MLS list is here.


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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!