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Every Real Salt Lake player's official salary in 2022

Real Salt Lake do quite a bit with not very much
Real Salt Lake do quite a bit with not very much / Chris Gardner/GettyImages
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The MLS Players Association, for the first time this campaign, have published their regular list of each player's salary for the 2022 season – listing base salaries and guaranteed money, including every Real Salt Lake contract.

This list is going to be based on the 'guaranteed compensation' number listed rather than the base salary figure, because hey! If the player's guaranteed that money, that's money coming out of the club's pocket.

These salaries are all correct as of 15 April, the date that collection stopped before this week's release of the numbers.

Of the 28 teams in Major League Soccer for the 2022 season, Real Salt Lake rank...absolutely last for money spent on player contracts. Surprise! The new ownership group, featuring Ryan Smith and David Blitzer, haven't exactly been digging deep into their pockets (yet) as they get their feet under the table.

Real Salt Lake are spending $10.47m on player salaries in 2022

You add all of that up, and RSL should struggle this----hang on a second, they're fifth in the Western Conference after a dozen games. Now yes, they've done that with a negative goal differential and more goals conceded than any other current Western playoff team, but a lot of that damage was done in a 6-0 beatdown from NYCFC. Take that away, and Pablo Mastroeni's team don't look too bad at all.

It's possible that the thinly-assembled squad could struggle later in the season when fixtures and injuries pile up, but RSL's status as the cheapest team in MLS right now isn't coming back to bite them...yet.

One thing that's worth pointing out is that even a $10m salary number is just one superstar away from putting RSL right up with the highest spenders in the league. It's one Xherdan Shaqiri contract away from launching them into the top five highest spenders, one Lorenzo Insigne contract away from making them the top spenders.

When you look at it in those terms – is the Chicago Fire's squad necessarily any better than RSL's, if Shaqiri isn't worth his money? Maybe not. It's that smart, cost-effective team building that can keep a very, very decent team competing in Utah.

1. Goalkeepers

Zach McMath – $200,000

Andrew Putna – $168,458

David Ochoa – $103,500

Jeffrey Dewsnup – $93,825

Tomas Gomez – $84,000

2. Defenders

Justin Glad – $735,031

Marcelo Silva – $646,667

Aaron Herrera – $368,794

Johan Kappelhof – $287,000

Chris Kablan – $126,000

Erik Holt – $125,000

Zackery Farnsworth – $98,750

Bret Halsey – $91,500

Jaziel Orozco – $65,500

3. Midfielders

Damir Kreilach – $1,550,000

Everton Luiz – $570,833

Pablo Ruiz – $523,500

Justin Meram – $468,750

Nick Besler – $210,000

Scott Cladwell – $205,000

Maikel Chang – $98,261

Andrew Brody – $89,277

Bode Davis – $88,294

Jasper Loeffelsend – $84,000

Jude Wellings – $81,500

Julio Benitez – $75,125

4. Forwards

Bobby Wood – $1,018,161

Sergio Cordova – $696,000

Jonathan Menendez – $602,813

Rubio Rubin – $582,937

Chris Garcia – $94,300

Tate Schmitt – $92,500

Axel Kei – $81,500

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