- The Washington Times - Friday, May 4, 2007

English star David Beckham will earn a base salary of $5.5 million and is guaranteed $6.5 million from Major League Soccer for the 2007 season according to the list of players’ salaries released by the MLS Players Union this week yesterday.

Beckham, 31, who arrives to play for the Los Angles Galaxy at the end of June, will pull in more millions from endorsements and deals with the Anschutz Entertainment Group that owns the Galaxy, bringing his yearly total earnings to between $30 million and $50 million.

The next highest paid player in the league is Mexican star Cuauhtemoc Blanco, 34, who will earn a guaranteed salary of $2.6 million with the Chicago Fire when he arrives in late June. Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel, 31, who moved from English Premier League Club Aston Villa to the New York Red Bulls recently, will earn $1,593,750, while teammate Claudio Reyna, 33, is the highest paid American in the league, guaranteed $1,250,008.

Guaranteed compensation includes a player’s base salary and all signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player’s contract, but does not include performance bonuses, which players can earn each month.

D.C. United’s highest paid player is Brazilian striker Luciano Emilio, with a base salary of $265,000, but he is guaranteed to earn $293,125. Jamie Moreno, 33 and United’s 11-year veteran, will earn $275,000, collecting $33,750 more than he was guaranteed last year. United midfielder Christian Gomez, the 2006 MLS MVP, will earn $218,500, a raise of $36,000 from last year. Brazilian midfielder Fred will earn $222,000. United’s highest paid American is midfielder Ben Olsen at $177,500.

United’s Bobby Boswell, who was honored as the top defender in MLS last year, earns only $30,000. He has yet to renew his contact with the team, which runs through 2008.

“Some people might be shocked at that and think D.C. hasn’t done its job, but it’s not that at all,” Boswell said. “D.C. put a great offer on the table — it was great — but it was just something that myself, my family and my agent decided against because of the length of the contract.”

The minimum salary for senior players in the league is $30,870. All players are signed by the league and not the individual clubs.

Teddy’s boy — Fans who travel out to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to watch Crystal Palace FC USA take on the Cincinnati Kings tonight will see a familiar name on the Palace roster. Forward Charlie Sheringham is the son of English team star and West Ham United striker Teddy Sheringham, 41, who is the oldest player currently in the English Premier League.

The younger Sheringham scored the team’s lone goal in a 1-1 tie against the Loyola Greyhounds on Wednesday.

How the mighty have fallen — Leeds United, along with its American World Cup wing Eddie Lewis, has been relegated to the third division of England’s soccer pyramid. Leeds won the English title in 1992 and in 2001 was in the semifinals of the Champions League.

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