Recently signed striker Ramon Abila, who scored his first MLS goal as the game-winner for Minnesota United on Wednesday, is the team's highest-paid player in total compensation.
Abila's base salary for the 2021 season is $800,000 while his guaranteed compensation that includes his base salary and all signing and guaranteed bonuses over the term of his contract is $1.1 million.
The figures, released Thursday by the MLS Players Association, reflect how the team went on a veritable spending spree in its fifth MLS season.
Star midfielder and designated player Emanuel Reynoso will earn $750,000 base salary and $966,910 guaranteed compensation.
Newcomer Wil Trapp will earn a straight $747,500. Starting right back Romain Metanire's new contract reached late last season pays him $600,000 salary and $699,250 guaranteed compensation.
Two-time MLS Defender of the Year Ike Opara signed a big, new contract after the 2019 season. He has played just two games since then because of an injury/situation the Loons call "undisclosed" for a player who has had a history of concussions. The club tried to negotiate a contract settlement before last month's season opener that would have allowed it to use his salary to acquire new players under their salary charge, but none was reached.
Opara, the Loons' eighth-highest player, has a 2021 salary of $600,000, his total compensation $685,333. He has trained individually at the team's Blaine facility.
When asked Friday for an update on Opara situation, coach Adrian Heath said, "I've left that with the club to sort out. I don't know."
Other highly paid Loons, with base salary and total compensation listedfor each: Midfielder/forward Robin Lod, $849,996 and $952,496; starting center back Bakaye Dibassy, $625,000 and $718,125; Designated Player Jan Gregus, $750,000 and $883,500; goalkeeper Tyler Miller, $400,000 and $420,937, and loaned-out midfielder Thomas Chacon, $420,000 and $432,000.
Among their lowest-paid players are former draft picks and current starters Hassani Dotson and Chase Gasper, both of whom make $81,375 in total compensation.
The union's published salaries were as of April 15. Recently signed striker Adrien Hunou, from France's top division, and Argentine left-side attacker Franco Fragapane were not included.
Filling the seats
The team announced Allianz Field will move toward full capacity — an expected 90% based on MLS guidelines – beginning with a June 23 game against Austin FC. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in early June. Masks will be required for all fans and staff.
"I'm pleased for the supporters as much as anybody," Heath said. "They must be missing it because I know we're certainly missing them."
Waiting for Hunou
Heath said he's hopeful Hunou and Fragapane each will arrive early next week once their immigration paperwork is completed. Getting two new players "will be good for everybody," Heath said.
• Heath on Friday said Reynoso will play Saturday despite calf and adductor injuries that have limited his training lately. "He's hardly done anything between games, which is not ideal," Heath said Friday. "But he trained and felt fine this morning."
• Heath also said Dibassy is "virtually 100%" but won't play Saturday. A May 29 return at Real Salt Lake after next week's bye is targeted.