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MLS Players Association releases 2021 salary guide

Last week, the MLS Players Association released every player’s 2021 salary. While the salary guide is typically made public annually, it didn’t happen last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means the 2021 release is our first chance to gauge the salaries of recent additions like Younes Namli and Nicolas Benezet.

The Colorado Rapids have always had a reputation for being a little cheap, and in 2021 they have the fifth-lowest total salary in the league, totaling $10.1 million. And while pinching pennies has backfired on the Rapids in the past, this season, it makes General Manager Padraig Smith and the rest of the Front Office look like geniuses, rolling out a serious Western Conference contender and spending $2.