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Maxi Moralez currently highest paid player on NYCFC

City’s longest tenured Designated Player tops the team’s 2019 payroll

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The MLS Players’ Association has released their annual full list of Major League Soccer salaries for 2019. And New York City FC’s list is different than we’ve been accustomed to seeing.

In stark contrast to years past, NYCFC is really breaking the bank this year as far as player salaries are concerned with only one player making seven figures over the course of the fiscal year — that player being none other than Designated Player (DP) Maxi Moralez who will be making a gross total of $2 million in 2019.

A rather curious development is that Héber — NYCFC’s new favorite son — is making a base salary of $780,000. Don’t get me wrong, I feel he’s earned it. That is more than that of Alexandru Mitrita ($500,000) and Jesus Medina ($750,000), both of whom are DP’s. It kinda makes me scratch my head as to how the hell these contracts are actually structured.

A beautiful revelation is that the average MLS base salary now sits just below $350,000, which is 150% higher than what the average salary was in 2014 (just under $140,000).

We will provide a more detailed evaluation of NYCFC’s 2019 salaries in the near future.