Orlando City SC’s Kaka tops MLS salary for 2017

Brazilian and Orlando City SC midfielder Kaka is the highest paid player in Major League Soccer this year, according to information released by the MLS Players Union.

KaKa is set to earn a base salary of $6.66 million with a guaranteed compensation of $7.16 million.

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco is the second highest paid, earning a base of $5.6 million and guaranteed of $7.12 million.

Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley ($6.5 million), New York City FC’s Andrea Pirlo ($5.9 million) and David Villa ($5.6 million) round out the top five

The Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos is sixth with a guaranteed compensation of $5.5 million.

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ICYMI: Reaction to a wretched LA Galaxy performance against the Seattle Sounders

Galaxy beat writer Damian Calhoun described Sunday’s pitiful performance by the Galaxy against the previously unimpressive Seattle Sounders as “disappointing“; in contrast, much of the other reaction out there was considerably less charitable.

You can read my take on the LA Galaxy in my 100 Percent Soccer column Thursday.

In the meantime, gnaw on this:

(The shuttle doesn’t operate until after the 90 minutes are up; I left at half time explaining that the game really was over, but no bus was available. A kindly supervisor spared me from watching the rest of the second half though, giving me a ride to my car at Harbor Gateway Transit Center).

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Galaxy Tuesday update: Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy retires, Manchester United tickets go on sale

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The week ahead for the Galaxy: Orlando City SC

The Galaxy will look to build off of last Friday’s 2-0 victory over Montreal when they visit Orlando City SC, Saturday (Noon; Fox/11).

Orlando City SC defeated the New York Red Bulls 1-0, Sunday. Servando Carrasco scored the lone goal.

Orlando City has scored just four goals this season, but they’ve certainly made them count. They’re 3-1 and in second place in the East. All three victories have come at home.

https://twitter.com/OrlandoCitySC/status/851114848314413056

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LAFC unveils the official Banc of California Stadium logo

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) and Banc of California today unveiled the official logo for Banc of California Stadium, the club’s new 22,000-seat world-class soccer stadium that will bring more than $350 million in private investment to south Los Angeles and redefine the Los Angeles landscape.

The logo embraces the stadium’s distinct architecture at the Northeast entrance viewable from Figueroa Street.

The new state-of-the-art development, which will serve as a sport, entertainment, civic, and cultural landmark, will also include a district that will be active on non-game days, 365-days of the year and will feature a large public plaza, restaurants, retail and a conference and events center.

Banc of California Stadium, schedule to open in 2018, will create approximately 1,800 permanent full-time jobs, bring over $130 million in annual economic output, improve the tax base for the city.

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Galaxy weekend preview: Galaxy receive good news for a change on injury front

The Galaxy is in Vancouver tonight for a meeting with the Whitecaps. Tonight, could be the first time this season and first time since last August that the club could have Giovani Dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes on the field together.

Curt Onalfo said both are available. Dos Santos said he’s 100 percent. Zardes said he’s healthy and ready to go.

The Galaxy is on turf tonight and that could ultimately be the deciding factor if Onalfo uses both players.

Tune in at 7 on Spectrum SportsNet and see who will be in the starting 11.

Game day reading:

Sebastian Lletget to undergo surgery

Return of Dos Santos and Zardes will benefit Galaxy

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Weekend TV soccer schedule: MLS, premier League and more

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