The average MLS team is now worth $185 million, an 18 percent bump from last year, 80 percent from 2013 and a whopping 400 percent increase from the first edition published back in 2008.
The Sounders have been pegged by Forbes Magazine as the most valuable team in Major League Soccer in its fourth-annual league franchise valuations released on Wednesday morning.
The list is compiled by what the magazine describes as “multiples of revenue, as well as projections of future growth for the league,” and Seattle’s value is estimated at $285 million, up $40 million from last year’s edition. The Sounders also topped the list in 2013 and 2015.
Estimates are up throughout the league. The average MLS team is now worth $185 million, an increase of 18 percent from last year, 80 percent from 2013 and a whopping 400 percent from the first version published back in 2008.
Los Angeles ranks second in team value, followed by New York City FC, Toronto FC and Orlando City SC.
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Seattle forward Clint Dempsey ranks fourth in Forbes’ list of highest-paid players, combining $4.7 million in salary with endorsements for a total of $8.2 million in earnings. Orlando City’s Kaka ($9.4 million), Steven Gerrard of the Galaxy ($8.6 million) and Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco ($8.3 million) precede Dempsey in the rankings.
Below is the top-ten list of team valuations in full:
|Rank||Team||Team Value ($M)||2015 Revenue ($M)|
|1||Seattle Sounders FC||$285||$52|
|3||New York City FC||255||36|
|5||Orlando City SC||240||36|
|8||Sporting Kansas City||195||33|
|9||New England Revolution||185||27|
|10||San Jose Earthquakes||180||31|