Colorado Rapids make peanuts compared to Manchester United, AS Roma counterparts
Tomorrow, two top-flight European football clubs -- AS Roma (Serie A, Italy) and Manchester United (Premiere League, England) -- square off at Mile High Stadium in the 2014 International Champions Cup.
Will the Rapids ever be able to afford a player like Wayne Rooney in his prime?
How would the hometown Colorado Rapids stack up against either of these touring powerhouses? Salary-wise, we know the answer: not well.
Does higher pay equate to better play? Well, in a round of five exhibition games between MLS and Premiere League teams played last Wednesday, Premiere League teams went 4-0-1 with a combined score of 17-5. The honeymoon period after the World Cup has a lot of us high on soccer, but the Colorado Rapids still have a long way to go before the team can legitimately compete with teams like Man U and Roma.
The Rapids play home games at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, which has a capacity of around 18,000 seats. Compare that to the 70,000+ people expected to attend Saturday's game and it's hard to question the European dominance of professional soccer. Although the Rapids have a solid fan base and 2010 MLS Cup to its credit, the franchise is a financial flea next to professional teams in England and Italy.
Let's look at the team salaries to put it in perspective.
In contrast, Tsmplug reported AS Roma's total player salary output at a little under $124,000,000. That may look like small potatoes compared to Man U's massive payroll -- but consider the low seven-figure payroll for the 2014 Rapids released by the MLS players association, and it's hard to see the MLS putting together a team that can play with the big kids any time soon.
2014 Rapids Total Base Salary- $3,015,558 (not counting player bonuses)
- Berner, John -- $36,500
- Brown, Deshorn -- $75,000
- Buddle, Edson -- $325,000
- Burch, Marc -- $85,000
- Chavez, Marvin -- $200,000
- Eloundou, Charles -- $48,825
- Griffiths, Brenton -- $36,500
- Hairston, Marlon -- $70,000
- Hill, Kamani -- $48,825
- Irwin, Clint -- $75,000
- Klute, Chris -- $75,000
- LaBrocca, Nick -- $135,000
- Mari, Jose -- $230,000
- Moor, Drew -- $235,000
- Mullan, Brian -- $48,500
- Mwanga, Danny -- $130,000
- Nasco, Joe -- $50,000
- O'Neill, Shane -- $56,250
- Piermayr, Thomas -- $70,008
- Powers, Dillon -- $95,150
- Sanchez, Vincente -- $210,000
- Serna, Dillon -- $52,500
- Sturgis, Nathan -- $114,000
- Torres, Gabriel -- $250,000
- Van de Casteele, Grant -- $48,500
- Watts, Jared -- $36,500
- Wynne, Marvell -- $200,000
Continue to see how poor the Rapids are compared to Man U and Roma.