ST. PAUL — Five new starters will cost Minnesota United $2.95 million in salaries for the 2019 season, according to figures released Wednesday, June 12.
Midfielder Jan Gregus, the Loons’ new Designated Player, is the biggest expenditure at $883,500 in guaranteed compensation this year, according to MLS Players’ Union data.
Midfielder Ozzie Alonso will be paid $697,500, goalkeeper Vito Mannone is at $594,000, followed by defenders Romain Metanire ($411,833) and Ike Opara ($367,917).
United also made two transactions to clear approximately $1.22 million off its books this season. Minnesota traded Francisco Calvo to Chicago and cleared most of his $672,600 salary, while the loan of Romario Ibarra to Pachuca in Mexico removed most of his $546,250 salary.
The Loons’ 26 players so far this season have a total guaranteed compensation of $8.62 million, with $5.36 million from 15 returning players. United has $440,000 in raises for players from 2018 to ’19.
The Loons’ highest-paid player, midfielder Darwin Quintero, also received the club’s biggest raise, $100,000 to $1,750,000 for 2019. He was the club’s first DP last May and was joined last summer by forward Angelo Rodriguez, who is paid $667,188 this year.
The other biggest raises went to midfielder Rasmus Schuller, up $75,000 to $300,000; midfielder Kevin Molino, up $69,000 to $546,000; defender Brent Kallman, up $51,000 to $136,000; and defender Michael Boxall, up $50,000 to $317,000.
Minnesota’s three rookies and two other additions this season have much lower salaries. Goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair is at $77,253, followed by two defenders, Hassani Dotson ($56,250) and Chase Gasper ($56,250). They also acquired veteran midfielder Lawrence Olum ($70,250) and young Cameroon midfielder Ally Ng’anzi ($56,000), who is on loan with USL affiliate Forward Madison.