On Friday morning the Major League Soccer Players Union released the 2015 player salaries.
It will be no surprise to Columbus Crew SC fans that Federico Higuain, the team's only Designated Player, is the team's highest paid player and it's not close. Higuain will make $1,175,000 in 2015 and the next closest player is league leading goal scorer Kei Kamara, whose guaranteed compensation this year is $536,666.67.
2015 signing and recent arrival Cedrick Mabwati will make $253,749.96 after his move from Real Betis. The DR Congo international is yet to make an appearance for the Black & Gold after arriving in early July, but was on the substitutes bench for Crew SC's 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.
Neither of Columbus' starting central midfield duo of Wil Trapp and Tony Tchani are hurting for cash. Trapp is guaranteed $164,500 in 2015, while Tchani will make slightly more at $195,000.
Mohammed Saeid, who filled in for Trapp while he was out with concussion issues, will rake in $110,000 this year. Fellow offseason signing Kristinn Steindorsson, who has played 17 games but is yet to register a goal or an assist, is guaranteed $119,437.50 in 2015.
Winger Ethan Finlay, who leads MLS in assists, got a contract extension after a breakout year last season. He will make $142,500 in 2015. His partner on the opposite flank, Justin Meram is guaranteed slightly more at $175,000.
Despite 29 goals conceded this season, Crew SC is spending quite a bit on the defense. Captain and central defender Michael Parkhurst is due $300,000 this season while his partner at center back, Emanuel Pogatetz, will make $262,500.
Left back Waylon Francis checks in at $170,166.67 and goalkeeper Steve Clark will earn $188,333.33.
Crew SC currently has two players on loan to other clubs. Midfielder Romain Gall is with the Black & Gold's affiliate club, the Austin Aztex. He is guaranteed $63,420.08 this season. Goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who is on loan to the Charlotte Independence, is due $60,000.
The only other major point of interest is a player by the name of Jose Zeca who is guaranteed $120,000. The Brazilian fullback had been rumored to be on his way to Columbus on a loan during the past week. The deal, however, fell through after a coaching change at Zeca's club, Santos, which prompted the young right back to decide he wanted to stay in his home country.
This created confusion after his name showed up on CrewSC's list of player salaries. It has since been reported that the club signed Zeca on loan, so he showed up on the MLS salary list. But Santos' decision to nix the loan means that the player will not be joining, making his inclusion on this list meaningless (sorry fans, the deal is dead).
While looking around the league, Columbus is clearly one of the cheaper spenders when it comes to player salaries.
Higuain's DP deal finds him as the 17th highest paid player in the league. The LA Galaxy have four players making more than Pipa, Toronto FC and New York City FC have three and the Seattle Sounders have two.
Orlando City SC's Kaka is the league's highest paid player at $7,167,500 in guaranteed salary followed by LA's Steven Gerrard ($6,332,504), Toronto's Michael Bradley ($6,500,000) and NYCFC's Frank Lampard ($6,000,000).