While there are no real surprises where the Sounders are concerned, the list as usual provides an insightful glimpse behind the league curtain.

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Correction: Due to an editing error, this story erroneously stated the percentage of the Sounders’ payroll that goes to Clint Dempsey. The story has been updated with the correct information.


Major League Soccer’s Players’ Union has dropped part one of its bi-annual salary release, and while there are no real surprises where the Sounders are concerned, it as usual provides an insightful glimpse behind the league curtain.

Clint Dempsey remains Seattle’s highest-paid player, making more than $4.6 million in guaranteed compensation. Fellow Designated Player forward Nelson Valdez ranks second at $1,455,000.

Not counting Dempsey or Valdez, the rest of the Sounders guaranteed payroll in 2016 adds up to nearly $4.67 million.

Valdez, Andreas Ivanschitz ($271,250) and Erik Friberg ($262,500) all received a significant bump in pay for their first full seasons after arriving midway through last year.

Other notables: Rookie Jordan Morris is listed at $190,500 in his inaugural appearance in the salary release; Former club Toronto FC is on the hook for Herculez Gomez’s tab ($333,000); starting left back Joevin Jones, at $76,166, is probably the biggest steal on the roster; and, as always, spare a thought for Zach Scott, who comes in at the veteran minimum of $62,500 in his 15th professional season.

“That’s something that’s not common in every work environment that you’re in, where you know what every employee makes,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “It’s been that way since the league started. The guys are all aware of it. They can handle it. They’re adults.”

Here’s the full Sounders salary list. The full MLS Players’ Union salary release can be found below.