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Orlando City Player Salaries for 2015 Released: The Mane Land Takes a Look

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The MLS Player salaries have been released and there are some interesting notes on Orlando City's salaries.

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Orlando City SC operates with the fourth largest payroll in MLS at $11,478,787.78, sitting behind Toronto FC, ($22,774,566.74), LA Galaxy ($19,475,299.75), and New York City FC ($17,860,367.89).  Below are the 2015 player salaries for Orlando, followed by a look at the numbers.

Player Base Salary Salary plus Bonus
Ashe, Corey $180,000 $189,750
Avila, Eric $72,000 $77,000
Boden, Luke $75,000 $75,000
Cascio, Tony $78,529 $112,279
Ceren, Darwin $66,000 $96,438
Collin, Aurelien $500,000 $525,000
Donovan, Conor $80,000 $108,000
Edwards, Earl $50,000 $50,000
Ford, Josh $60,000 $60,000
Hall, Tally $215,000 $228,500
Heath, Harrison $60,000 $60,000
Higuita, Cristian $60,000 $60,000
Hines, Sebastian $108,576 $109,826
Kaka $6,660,000 $7,167,500
Lameira, Valdmiro* $50,000 $50,000
Larin, Cyle $125,000 $167,000
Molino, Kevin $100,000 $111,400
Mwanga, Danny $75,000 $82,500
Neal, Lewis $112,500 $119,103
Okugo, Amobi $275,000 $300,000
Paterson, Martin $150,000 $150,000
Ramos, Rafael $50,000 $50,000
Redding, Tommy $58,000 $92,500
Ribeiro, Pedro $60,000 $60,000
Ricketts, Donovan $260,000 $260,000
Rivas, Carlos $60,000 $60,000
Rivera, Sidney $50,000 $50,000
Rochez, Bryan $200,000 $279,500
Shea, Brek $475,000 $520,000
St. Ledger, Sean $124,992 $147,492
Turner, Tyler $60,000 $60,000
Totals $10,550,597 $11,478,788


*a.k.a. Estrela

What We Knew:

Kaká is making loads of dough. His base salary is $6.6 million and, with bonuses, he is guaranteed to make $7,167,500. Not only is he the highest paid player in MLS, he also makes more money than the rest of Orlando City's roster combined.

Let that sink in for a moment. Kaká earns over 60% of Orlando's overall payout structure. No person can argue that Kaká, one of the most recognized and respectable athletes in the world, does not deserve to make that amount of money. However, a valid argument would be: does he deserve to be paid more than every teammate combined?

What We Didn't Know:

Orlando has made some bad investments, or at least it looks that way so far. There are four players making more money per minute played than the average dollar per minute played for the entire team, which currently sits at $614.79 (Total Team Salary/Total Team MLS Mins Played). This does not include players who have not seen the field.

Kaká: $4,576.95

Paterson, Martin: $4,054.05

Rochez, Bryan: $3,493.75

Mwanga, Danny: $833.33

The other players in the team's top 10 paid per minute of MLS play are:

Collin, Aurelien: $496.69

Shea, Brek: $447.12

Heath, Harrison: $437.96

Okugo, Amobi: $368.55

Ricketts, Donovan: $288.89

Hall, Tally: $282.10

Even though Orlando has done very well this inaugural season, there are going to be mistakes made by a front office -- bad players signed, good players let go, unforeseen events, such as injuries or issues with staff -- but when there are players being paid so handsomely to sit, then there should be a discussion on their value.

This dollar per minute played statistic is not used to argue that some players are unworthy of what they make, but rather to argue that perhaps the money could be used more effectively elsewhere. Potential is also not a factor here, we look at each player through the lens of a single season.

What's Interesting:

Rafael Ramos is the most underpaid player we have. He is currently making $33.92 per minute of MLS play. He has the second most minutes played this year and is making the bare minimum salary of $50,000. This is a travesty.

Orlando's payroll with Kaká is the fourth highest in MLS. Without Kaká, it is the third lowest.